Located in the Speyside region,the early history of the Benrinnes Distillery inidcates that it was run as part of a farm. It was rebuilt as a distillery when the buildings were destroyed during floods in 1829. The distillery has enjoyed almost continual production with only short breaks during the war years. In 1966 a 2nd set of stills was added, doubling production.
Benrinnes uses a form of triple distillation. This produces spirit of around 76% volume, several degrees more than standard double distillation. Benrinnes uses worm-tubs, the traditional pipe-spirals immersed in cold water, to condense the vapours produced by the stills.
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700 ml, 46% abv, Scotland (Speyside)This was distilled in 1997 at Benrinnes and aged for 14 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their NC2 range.
700 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Speyside)A 15 Year old official distillery bottling of Benrinnes which is bottled by Diaego for their Flora and Fauna series. It is partially triple-distilled due to their unique distilling process.
"A rich, sweet, smooth malt which sees Benrinnes’ fresh, green estery Speyside characteristics subsumed in its dark aromas."
"A brief flash of caramel shortcake on the initial nose, soon becoming more peppery and leathery, with some sherry. Ultimately savoury and burnt rubber notes. Big-bodied, viscous, with gravy, dark chocolate and more pepper. A medium-length finish features mild smoke and lively spices." (Gavin D Smith)