Benrinnes Speyside Whisky Distillery
Flooded in 1829 just 3 years after opening a new distillery was built later in 1835 although was again destroyed by fire at the end of the 19th century and again rebuilt, this time bringing in electric power. The distillery is pitched high at 840m above sea level and draws its water supply from the Scurran and Rowntree burns. This Diageo owned distillery has been workman like supplying vast quantities of Malt for blends most notably J&B and Johnnie Walker. The distillery has run since opening apart from short closures in the 1930’s and during World War 2. It has been through several owners including John Dewar & Sons amongst others.
Unlike most Scottish distilleries Benrinnes uses 6 stills which are sometimes used to triple-distil, much like Irish whisky production. The distillery has an unusual distillation method; the six stills (since 1966) are used to partially triple-distil the make use of the Saladin Box maltings system. Despite the many years of production only 1 official bottling of Benrinnes has taken place, this was a 15 year old which was released in 1991 (although a 21 year was later released).
Taste: A triple distilled whisky, Benrinnes more common 15 year old has bit more punch and character than most Malt which is triple distilled.
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