It's not easy to celebrate a birthday here.
How old is the Benrinnes distillery? Hard to say. A distillery called Benrinnes was founded in 1826 by Peter McKenzie at the foot of Ben Rinnes mountain. Just three years later, however, it was completely destroyed, washed away by a major flood. In 1834 John Innes built a new distillery. However, not exactly in the same place - and also under a different name: Lyne of Ruthrie. In 1838 the distillery was renamed Benrinnes. And this Benrinnes distillery was finally completely demolished in 1955/56 and rebuilt from scratch. So the buildings we see today are no more than 60 years old. Which begs the question: When do we actually celebrate birthdays here?
What does Benrinnes mean? The translation of the name Benrinnes is "pointed mountain".
Where is Benrinnes? The distillery is in the heart of Speyside, near the village of Aberlour. The Glenallachie and Glenfarclas distilleries are in the immediate vicinity. Benrinnes is therefore a typical Speyside Whisky.
3 reasons to love Benrinnes
1) Because the malt simply convinces.
2) Because names and dates of birth are just smoke and mirrors.
3) Because Benrinnes is a real insider tip.
How does Benrinnes whisky taste?
Benrinnes is prized by blend masters for its full body. The single malt is very fruity, round and spicy - the sweetness of garden fruit meets black pepper.
Our Benrinnes recommendation
Since Benrinnes itself does not have any standard bottlings, it is best to get the Stronachie 10 years old to get to know it. Independent bottler A.D. Rattray bottles under the name Stronachie Benrinnes Single Malt.
A bit of history on Benrinnes
Until 1956: see above...
In 1964 the traditional floor maltings were replaced by the more modern, efficient Saladin boxes. Since 1984 no more own malt is produced.
In 1966 the number of stills was doubled from three to six.
Until a few years ago, Benrinnes, like Springbank, practiced an unusual form of "two and a half times" distillation. In addition to the two wash and two spirit stills, two so-called intermediate stills were also used. Today, however, these serve as normal spirit stills for the usual double distillation. It remains to be seen how the switch will affect the character of the malt.
Stronachie was originally a distillery in the southern Highlands, established around 1890 and closing in 1928. Today, under the name Stronachie, a malt is bottled that pays tribute to the old style of this "Lost Distillery" and whose origins have been puzzled for some time. It is now clear that the Stronachie comes from the Benrinnes distillery in the Speyside area.
Facts & figures about Benrinnes
Address: Aberlour , Banffshire AB38 9NN
Founded: 1835 by Peter Mackenzie
Region: Speyside Whisky
whisky Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Capacity: approx. 3,500,000 liters
2 wash stills (22,935 l)
4 spirit stills (2 x 6,364 l. 2 x 9,292 l)
Water: Rowantree and Scurran Burn
Visitor Centre: -
Telephone: +44 (0)1340 / 872600