Latest update: October 6th 2010
BENRIACH DISTILLERY VISITS
On revisiting the Benriach distillery, it is
clear that they have renewed all the signing at the distillery. Sadly enough on
arrival at the distillery, the distillery manager didn’t have time to give me a
The pictures in the slide show at the left, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.
BENRIACH DISTILLERY VISIT 2006
I visited the Benriach Distillery in August 2006. The distillery has was part of the Chivas group but was taken over by a few people that founded the Benriach Distillery Company in 2004. Although the distillery is not open to the public, I was allowed a look inside the distillery. They connection with Chivas is still clear as the Longmorn Distillery is next to the Benriach Distillery.
My tour was guided by master distiller Alan MacConnochie. He took me round the distillery and gave me a look into the future of Benriach Distillery. This future surely will keep their normal expressions “Heart of Speyside”, 12, 16 and 20 year old. Also the peated “Curiositas” and “Authenticus” will stay in their range. But you might expect some new expressions. They are trying different casks and some of them I was able to try and were very promising. Casks that they have in their warehouses are rum, sauternes and muscatel among others. Also a single tokaj cask was waiting to be filled. Since the company also makes a few blends, there are also other malts in their warehouse that they bought for blending.
A nice new item is also a bottling on new wood. As this does not have had bourbon or sherry before, it is a quite different whisky again.
Special during this visit was surely a look into a condenser outside the still house. The floor maltings are not used, although in the future there might be some floor malting at the distillery. This however will be a very small amount, since there is only one malting floor. The pond that you see in the pictures is used for cooling water.