The original distillery at Benrinnes was built in 1826 and run as part of a farm by owner Peter Mackenzie. However, the buildings were destroyed in a flood in 1829, just three years into the nascent distillery's life. Rebuilding took place in 1834/5, after which time production has been pretty much constant apart from two short spells of silen ... Read More »
A 1997 vintage whisky from Benrinnes, bottled by Gordon & Macphail for the Connoisseurs Choice range. Not a lot of whisky from the distillery gets out as single malt, being a blenders favourite, but fortunately G&M have impressive stocks hidden away in their warehouses...
A 1995 vintage Benrinnes released by independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask strength collection series in 2013. The distillery is named after the hill which overlooks the distillery, Ben Rinnes, which stands at 840 metres high.
A 19 year old single cask whisky from Benrinnes bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in 1992, shortly after the distillery released their first official bottling, and bottled in 2011.
Although few people seem to care much about Benrinnes, this is a distillery capable of great things, as 2009's terrific Special Releases 1985 23yo bottling proved. This is a very affordable bottling of the 1989 vintage from the ever-reliable Gordon & Macphail.
The first distillery bottling of Benrinnes in aeons, this is a heavily-sherried number, very old-school with dark fruit, crème brulée, a hint of beef gravy and a touch of gun-metal. Released in 2009 as part of Diageo's Special Releases, this is far and away the best official bottling from this distillery.
Benrinnes is another Diageo distillery of which very little is seen. Most of the malt produced at Benrinnes is used as blend fodder, so it's great to see a debut single cask bottling to sit alongside the Flora & Fauna version and 2009's acclaimed Special Release 23yo.