Latest update: October 6th 2010
BENRINNES DISTILLERY PICTURES
A unique chance to visit this distillery, so I wouldn’t like to miss this. The distillery isn’t a real nice site to look, but when you enter the building there a few nice surprises. Entering the distillery the stills are completely surrounded by scaffolding. This is due to the fact that they are heading for the silent season, the last mash has just been run and preparations are made to get into silent mode.
The original distillery near the current Benrinnes site was destroyed by a flood in 1829. Around 1835 Benrinnes distillery was built. There were several owners, among which Alexander Stewart (owner of Oban and founder of Craigellachie and Aultmore) until 1922, when it got in the hands of John Dewar & Sons. John Dewar & Sons again merged with DCL in 1925. The distillery was completely rebuilt in 1955. Their floor maltings were replaced by Saladin boxes in 1964. In 1984 the Saladin boxes were mothballed, but some of the remains are still around at the distillery. The number of stills was doubled from 3 to 6 in 1966. During a part of their history the distillery used a partial “triple distil” system. This meant that the feints and low wines were re-distilled.
The above mentioned items partial “triple distillation”, Saladin boxes and of course the worm-tubs that are still in use at Benrinnes make it a very interesting distillery to see. Especially if you have a “guide” that is willing to show you all of this. So if you ever get a chance to visit Benrinnes, don’t think twice and go, and hope you get the same unbelievable tour that we had.
Benrinnes distillery was visited as part of the Autumn Spirit of Speyside Festival.
The pictures in the slide show at the right, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.
BENRINNES DISTILLERY 2006