Founded in 1835
Benrinnes sits just off the Spey River, about 11 miles south of the sea in the hill-town of Aberlour, with easy access to Route A95 as it climbs up toward Knockando.

The "original" distillery on the current Benrinnes site was built in 1826 by Peter McKenzie, but that entire operation was washed away by a flood just three years later. John Innes rebuilt from scratch, in the side buildings of a farmhouse on the property in 1835, and called it "Lyne of Ruthrie." But luck or timing failed Mr. Innes and he slipped into bankruptcy.

William Smith purchased the asset, changed the name to Benrinnes, and then "flipped" the property by selling it to David Alexander. It has been in nearly continuous operation since then, with one brief interruption due to a fire in 1896. The facility was rebuilt, modernized, and returned to full production.

Benrinnes has always been about selling wholesale -- almost all production has been contributed to blends. If you see a bottle labeled "Benrinnes single malt" it is most likely a single cask issue, or release by an independent bottler.

One of the more unique qualities often attributed to Benrinnes, is their use of triple distillation -- something rare in the Highlands, but a matter of policy in Irish and Lowland Scotch Whisky. But that practice is old news, having been discontinued at Benrinnes in 2007.

One thing that they have continued from the old days, is their use worm-tubes to cool the still necks -- that's not very common anymore. The rest of their technique generally follows the traditional Speyside forms and practices.

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What does Benrinnes taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Benrinnes Scotch. It's based on all Benrinnes drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Benrinnes before actually tasting it.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    2 wash, 4 spirit
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Benrinnes Distillery, Charlestown of Aberlour, AB38 9NN, United Kingdom
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The only real "official" releases of Benrinnes as a single malt is a 15YO, issued as part of the "Flora and Fauna" range -- part of a larger coordinated strategy by various distillers in Scotland -- and a 21YO issued as a part of the "Rare Malt" promotion.
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, malts from these fifty or so Speyside distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
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Scotch from Benrinnes

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