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Benriach 

Benriach (the deer hill in Gaelic) is a Speyside distillery, it has long been unknown to the general public because it is mainly used to produce malts used for blends. The creation of this distillery goes back to 1898 and is the work of John Duff a member of the Grant family. Unfortunately Benriach had to close in 1900 following the bankruptcy o...

Benriach (the deer hill in Gaelic) is a Speyside distillery, it has long been unknown to the general public because it is mainly used to produce malts used for blends. The creation of this distillery goes back to 1898 and is the work of John Duff a member of the Grant family. Unfortunately Benriach had to close in 1900 following the bankruptcy of Cie Pattisson who was the biggest buyer of whiskeys of the time. This resounding Crack nearly jeopardized the entire whiskey industry in Scotland.

Benriach was built a stone's throw from Longmorn and was also named a Longmorn 2. Following the Pattisson bankruptcy, the Benriach tool was used as a malt for Longmorn. It was not until 1965 that it was rehabilitated in distillery by Glenlivet. The whiskeys of Benriach have a dual identity now clearly assumed! This Speyside distillery produces non-peated malts (normal for a Speyside) but also peat malts (more amazing!). The reason is simple, in 1978 the distillery was bought by Chivas who was later bought by Seagram. The Seagram group needed peaty whiskeys to make their blends and the demand for peated Islay whiskeys was starting to climb! It was decided in 1983 to entrust Benriach with the production of peat malts from dried barley on a peat fire. The version "Curiositas" comes from malts of this time. In 2001 Pernod Ricard bought Seagram. A campaign of rationalization of the productions leads to the observation that Bentiach distilled only 3 months per year only !! Pernod Ricard decided to separate from 4 distilleries including Benriach in 2004. Billy Walker, the former director of Burn Stewart found investors and bought the distillery. This was Benriach's real rebirth, as the range quickly changed from a single reference to 10 years, to a rich range of treasures in the cellars. The production of peated whiskey at Benrtiach represents more or less 10% of volumes.

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