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Benriach 27 yo 1985/2013 (48.9%, OB, batch 10, virgin American oak finish, cask #7188, 257 bottles) - 311013

 


 


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Benriach- Scotch Malt Whisky - Region: Speyside
WF Distillery Ranking: Deuxième Cru Classé (all current rankings here)


Status: Active - Stills: 4 (2 wash, 2 spirit) - Founded: 1898
Address: Longmorn, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 3SJ - Phone: +44 (0) 1324 682220
Web: www.benriachdistillery.co.uk - More info: Billy Walker interview by MM’s Bert Bruyneel - History by MM’s Konstantin Grigoriadis - Malt Madness  


My favourite expression so far:
Benriach 36yo 1968/2005 (46%, OB for LMdW, cask #2711, 152 bottles)
92 points - Last tasted on January 9, 2006 - Tasting notes here.
Benriach

General Distillery Profile - keywords (wazzat?)
Unpeated: Fresh Fruity Apple Oranges Rum Caramel Vanilla Bananas Grapefruit Eucalyptus
Peated: Peat Tea Pepper Smoke Oranges Farmy Liquorice Wine Fruit jelly Chocolate


In our opinion: The old 10 yo by the previous owners was really uninspiring but new owner Billy Walker did a tremendous work by tasting all casks that used to lie in the warehouses, which allowed him to select top notch stuff for all (I think) new bottlings that were put into the market since the takeover. Older Benriachs are usually uberfruity (not unlike old Clynelishes, Bowmores and Lochsides), displaying superb notes of passion fruits and tangerines. The previous owners did one thing right, they produced both lightly and highly peated malt from time to time in the past. Check them, they are all very good, like for instance a 22yo 1984/2007 by The Single Malts of Scotland that was very peaty, some 1979 by the proprietors, or some 1994’s by Signatory Vintage that were even peatier we think. Benriach also jumped on the ‘finishing’ bandwagon since 2006-2007, and I don’t like the results as much as I like their ‘natural’ ones but I’m sure they have their reasons that they just cannot escape. - October 30, 2007
What the pros had to say: coming soon...

MM Distillery profile:
The Benriach distillery is located near Elgin in the 'Lossie' part of Speyside, just inbetween Linkwood and Longmorn. It was built in 1898 by John Duff, who had constructed the Longmorn distillery a year earlier. Unfortunately, financial problems forced him to sell both distilleries soon afterwards. Benriach was purchased by the Longmorn Distillery Co Ltd. who... More on Malt Madness.

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Whiskyfun tasting notes
OB - no vintage
  • Benriach NAS 'Heart of Speyside’ (43%, OB, 2004) - 220805
  • Benriach 'Bernie Moss' (48%, OB, France, 2008) - 151108
  • Benriach 'Birnie Moss' (48%, OB, +/-2012) - 170412
  • Benriach 10 yo (43%, OB, +/-2000) - no notes - 71
  • Benriach 10 yo (43%, OB) - 260704
  • Benriach 10 yo ‘Curiositas’ (40%, OB, 2004) - 040505
  • Benriach 10 yo 'Curiositas' Peated malt (46%, OB, bottled +/- 2006) - 300107
  • Benriach 12 yo (43%, OB, 2004) - 220805
  • Benriach 12 yo 'Arumaticus Fumosus' (46%, OB, Peated Jamaican Dark Rum Finish, 1740 bottles, 2007) - 030907
  • Benriach 12 yo 'Heredotus Fumosus' (46%, OB, Peated Pedro Ximinez Finish, 3180 bottles, 2007) - 030907
  • Benriach 12 yo 'Importanticus Fumosus' (46%, OB, Peated Port Finish, 2520 bottles, 2007) - 030907
  • Benriach 12 yo (46%, OB, sherry wood, 2009) - 120510
  • Benriach 15 yo 'Tawny Port Wood Finish' (46%, OB, 2006) - 270307
  • Benriach 15 yo 'Pedro Ximinez Wood Finish' (46%, OB, 2006) - 270307
  • Benriach 15 yo 'Madeira Wood Finish' (46%, OB, 2006) - 270307
  • Benriach 15 yo 'Dark Rum Wood Finish' (46%, OB, 2006) - 270307
  • Benriach 15 yo 'Solstice' (50%, OB, 2011) - 270711
  • Benriach 16 yo (43%, OB, 2005 bottling) - 211105
  • Benriach 17 yo 'Rioja Wood Finish' (46%, OB, Bottled +/- 2010) - 130211
  • Benriach 17 yo ‘Septemdecim’ (46%, OB, 2012) - 030212
  • Benriach 20 yo (43%, OB, +/- 2010) - 241110
  • Benriach 21 yo 'Authenticus' (46%, OB, peated, 4800 bottles, 2005) - 090106
  • Benriach 21 yo Authenticus (46%, OB, circa 2007) - 111207
  • BenRiach 25 yo (50%, OB, 2006) - 290906
  • Benriach 25 yo 'Authenticus' (46%, OB, +/-2012) - 170412
  • BenRiach 30 yo (50%, OB, 2006) - 290906
  • Benriach 30 yo (50%, OB, +/- 2010) - 241110
OB - vintage
  • Benriach 38 yo 1966/2004 (50%, OB, hogshead, cask #2382, 158 bottles) - 290709
  • Benriach 36 yo 1968/2005 (46%, OB for LMW, cask #2711, Hogshead) - 090106
  • Benriach 37 yo 1968/2006 (52%, OB, Hogshead #2712, 157 bottles) - 300107
  • Benriach 41 yo 1968/2010 (51%, OB from Speyside to Kobe  for Bar Main Malt, hogshead, cask #2709, 104 bottles) - 020113
  • Benriach 34 yo 1970/2004 (51.2%, OB, hogshead, cask #4005, 254 bottles) - 290709
  • Benriach 39 yo 1970/2010 (44.3%, OB for Taiwan, sherry hogshead, cask #2855, 166 bottles) - 020113
  • Benriach 40 yo 1971/2011 (49.8%, OB, hogshead, cask #1947, 229 bottles) - 091111
  • Benriach 33 yo 1972/2006 (45%, OB, cask #1733, 562 bottles) - 111207
  • Benriach 34 yo 1972/2007 (49.7%, OB, Classic Speyside, Japan Only, cask #3580, 198 bottles) - 060907
  • Benriach 31 yo 1975/2007 (53.7%, OB, Lightly peated, Port finish, cask #4451, 708 bottles) - 090907
  • Benriach 1976/2005 (57.6%, OB for Craigellachie Hotel, cask #8079, 144 bottles) - 020806
  • Benriach 29 yo 1976/2006 (56%, OB, Hogshead #8084, 194 bottles) - 300107
  • Benriach 30 yo 1976/2007 (55.5%, OB, Richly peated, Port finish, cask #4469, 798 bottles) - 090907
  • Benriach 30 yo 1976/2006 (53%, OB for LMDW, cask #3557, 222 bottles) - 021107
  • Benriach 32 yo 1976/2008 (50.3%, OB, hogshead, cask #2014, 271 bottles) - 080409
  • Benriach 33 yo 1976/2009 (46.2%, OB for the Whisky Fair, hogshead, cask #3550, 103 bottles) - 290709
  • Benriach 33 yo 1976/2009 (47.4%, OB for the Whisky Fair, hogshead, cask #3558, 162 bottles) - 290709
  • Benriach 1976/2009 (51.6%, OB for LMdW, hogshead, cask #3551, 160 bottles) - 081009
  • Benriach 34 yo 1976/2011 (57,8%, OB, butt, cask #6942, 469 bottles) - 031011
  • Benriach 35 yo 1976/2011 (45.3%, OB for The Auld Alliance Singapore, hogshead, cask #3010, 196 bottles) - 070212
  • Benriach 36 yo 1976/2012 (49,6%, OB for The Whisky Agency, sherry hogshead, cask #963, 132 bottles) - 090813
  • Benriach 36 yo 1976/2013 (49.3%, OB for The Whisky Fair, sherry, cask #731, 195 bottles) - 090813
  • Benriach 37 yo 1976/2013 (49.6%, OB, batch 10, hogshead, cask #2013, 102 bottles) - 090813
  • Benriach 31 yo 1977/2008 (51.3%, OB, hogshead, cask #7186, 212 bottles) - 080409
  • Benriach 32 yo 1977/2009 (45.1%, OB for Taiwan, port pipe, cask #2594, 573 bottles) - 020113
  • Benriach 28 yo 1978/2006 (54%, OB, cask #1596, 201 bottles) - 111207
  • Benriach 29 yo 1978/2007 (52.2%, OB, Lightly peated, Moscatel finish, cask #4413, 216 bottles) - 090907
  • Benriach 29 yo 1978/2007 (52.5%, OB, Lightly peated, Tokay finish, cask #4416, 264 bottles) - 090907
  • Benriach 25 yo 1979/2005 (57.5%, OB, peated, cask #10985, 228 bottles) - 020806
  • Benriach 28 yo 1979/2008 (51.2%, OB, lightly peated, bourbon barrel, cask #10771, 149 bottles) - 080409
  • Benriach 26 yo 1980/2006 (55%, OB, New oak barrel #2535, 238 bottles) - 300107
  • Benriach 28 yo 1980/2008 (48.5%, OB for Taiwan, oloroso sherry butt finish, cask #5542, 120 bottles) - 020113
  • Benriach 29 yo 1980/2009 (43.9%, OB for Taiwan, barrel, cask #12, 128 bottles) - 020113
  • Benriach 20 yo 1984/2004 (55%, OB, cask #627, 253 bottles) - 020806
  • Benriach 20 yo 1984/2005 (60%, OB for Potstill Austria, peated, cask #594, 240 bottles) - 020806
  • Benriach 21 yo 1984/2006 (55%, OB, Oloroso Sherry cask #2712, 658 bottles) - 300107
  • Benriach 22 yo 1984/2007 (54.2%, OB, Richly peated, Port finish, cask #4049, 288 bottles) - 090907
  • Benriach 27 yo 1984/2012 (52.2%, OB, peated, hogshead, tawny port finish, cask #4050, 283 bottles) - 020113
  • Benriach 21 yo 1985/2007 (54.5%, OB, Richly peated, Oloroso finish, cask #3766, 666 bottles) - 090907
  • Benriach 1985/2011 (51.7%, OB for Shinanoya Tokyo, hogshead, cask #2000, 309 bottles) - 070212
  • Benriach 27 yo 1985/2013 (48.9%, OB, batch 10, virgin American oak finish, cask #7188, 257 bottles) - 311013
  • Benriach 19 yo 1986/2005 (58.6%, OB, cask #285, 201 bottles) - 090106
  • Benriach 19 yo 1988/2008 (53.6%, OB, Virgin American oak, cask #4020, 296 bottles) - 080409
  • Benriach 21 yo 1988/2010 (54.8%, OB, Generations, for Singapore, Barolo hogshead, cask #4423, 269 bottles) - 020113
  • Benriach 18 yo 1990/2008 (50.9%, OB, Singapore, sherry butt, cask #3805, 483 bottles) - 310712
  • Benriach 1991/2006 (53%, OB for Taiwan Single Malt Whisky Association, Portwood finish, cask #6921) - 250207
  • Benriach 21 yo 1992/2013 (53.3%, OB, batch 10, Pedro Ximenez hogshead, cask #986, 312 bottles) - 090813
  • Benriach 15 yo 1993/2008 (53%, OB for Potstill Vienna, cask #76257, 251 bottles) - 120510
  • Benriach 13 yo 1994/2007 (55.5%, OB, Richly peated, Port finish, cask #26, 324 bottles) - 030907
  • Benriach 18 yo 1994/2013 (55.5%, OB, batch 10, virgin American oak hogshead, cask #4385, 261 bottles) - 090813
  • Benriach 17 yo 1995/2012 (56.7%, OB for Best Taste Trading Switzerland, refill bourbon barrel, cask #1768, 160 bottles) - 090813
  • Benriach 15 yo 1998/2013 (56.1%, OB, batch 10, Pedro Ximenez puncheon, cask #7633, 630 bottles) - 090813
  • Benriach 8 yo 2005/2013 (58,1%, OB, batch 10, virgin American oak finish, cask #3782, 310 bottles) - 311013
Blackadder - Clydesdale - Riverstown
  • Benriach 19yo 1991/2011 (57.9%, Blackadder, Raw Cask, cask # 32284, 238 bottles) - 070212
Cadenhead
  • Benriach-Glenlivet 17 yo 1978/1995 (59.7%, Cadenhead, sherrywood) - 090106
Dewar Rattray
  • Benriach 15 yo 1990/2006 (57.3%, Dewar Rattray, cask #10697, 301 bottles) - 111207
Duncan Taylor
  • Benriach 34 yo 1968/2003 (50.4%, Peerless, cask 2593, 137 bottles) - 010804
  • Benriach 36 yo 1968/2005 (50.7%, Duncan Taylor, cask #2595, 131 bottles) - 130306
  • Benriach 37 yo 1968/2006 (48.6%, Duncan Taylor, Rare Auld, cask #2597, 262 bottles) - 031011
  • Benriach 12 yo 1996/2008 (46%, Duncan Taylor NC2 for Whisky-Doris, cask #45757) - 120510
  • Benriach 12 yo 1996/2008 (52.1%, Duncan Taylor NC2 for Whisky-Doris, cask #45757) - 120510
  • Benriach 12 yo 1996/2009 (46%, Duncan Taylor NC2) - 120510
Exclusive Malts
  • Benriach 19 yo 1989/2007 (51.3%, Exclusive Malts, finished in European oak hogshead, cask #14388, 351 bottles) - 111207
Gordon & MacPhail
  • Benriach 12 yo 1969 (40%, G&M Connoisseur’s Choice old brown label) - 010804
  • Benriach 1969 (40%, G&M Connoisseurs Choice, Old Map label, +/-1985) - 081009
  • Benriach 1982 (62.4%, Gordon & MacPhail, Cask series) - 120510
  • Benriach 1982/1993 (60.6%, Gordon & MacPhail Cask, casks #5211, 12, 13) - 130306
  • Benriach 1982/1995 (40%, G&M Connoisseur’s Choice old map label) - 260704
Hart Bros
  • Benriach 34 yo 1968/2003 (49.8%, Hart Bros) - 010804
High Spirits
  • Benriach 34 yo 1968/2003 (50.4%, High Spirits, Scottish Colourists, cask #2590, 410 bottles, 75cl) - 060907
Jean Boyer
  • Benriach 1992-1994/2004 (43%, Jean Boyer Best Cask Selection, France) - 210705
Malts of Scotland
  • Benriach 1991/2011 (51.6%, Malts of Scotland, bourbon barrel, cask #32283, 251 bottles) - 070212
The Nectar
  • Benriach 30 yo 1976/2007 (52%, OB for The Nectar, Belgium, cask #8080, 166 bottles, hogshead) - 060907
Scotch Single Malt Circle
  • Benriach 1975/2004 (56.5%, Scotch Single Malt Circle, cask #7215, 199 bottles) - 250207
Signatory
  • Benriach 28 yo 1975/2004 (57.1%, Signatory Cask Strength, hogshead #7216, 234 bottles) - 150904
  • Benriach 28 yo 1975/2004 (57.1%, Signatory Cask Strength Collection, cask #7221, 208 bottles) - 220305
  • Benriach 28 yo 1976/2005 (56.9%, Signatory, Cask #9442, sherry butt, 426 bottles) - 211105
  • Benriach 23 yo 1985/2009 (49.0%, Signatory, bourbon barrel, cask #5501, 208 bottles) - 120510
  • Benriach 12 yo 1986/1998 (43%, Signatory, casks 4804-4805) - 010804
  • Benriach 10 yo 1994/2004 (46%, Signatory UCF, cask #1629) - 150904
  • Benriach 10 yo 1994/2005 (46%, Signatory Unchillfiltered, cask #1665, 383 bottles) - 211105
  • Benriach 10 yo 1994/2005 (61.1%, Signatory for Germany, cask #2027, 321 bottles) - 020806
  • Benriach 11 yo 1994/2005 (59,7%, Signatory, Heavily peated, Port Pipe finish, C#05/355/1, 863 bottles) - 300107
  • Benriach 12 yo 1994/2006 (58.9%, Signatory, Château d'Yquem finish, cask #06/143/33, 323 bottles) - 270307
Single Malts of Scotland
  • Benriach 21 yo 1984/2006 (56.7%, The Single Malts of Scotland, cask #490/514) - 300107
  • Benriach 22 yo 1984/2007 (53.2%, The Single Malts of Scotland) - 021107
The Whisky Fair
  • Benriach 19 yo 1986/2006 (54.7%, OB for The Whisky Fair, bourbon hogshead #2972, 297 bottles) - 020806
Various IB
  • Benriach 25 yo 1985/2010 (48.1%, Liquid Sun Co) - 130211
  • Benriach 19 yo 1991/2011 (46%, Mo Or Collection, bourbon hogshead, cask #110681, 300 bottles) - 070212
  • Benriach 18 yo 1992/2010 (54.1%, Whisky Tales, sherry, 345 bottles) - 200711
  • Benriach 13 yo 1994/2007 (56.7%, Whiskyfreunde Essenheim, 17 months Port cask, cask #4011, 273 bottles) - 120510
  • Benriach 15 yo 1996/2011 (54.3%, Single Cask Collection, bourbon hogshead, 311 bottles) - 031111
  • Benriach 16 yo 1996/2012 (47.7%, Whisky-Fässle, Duck Edition) - 310712