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Benrinnes distillery

Benrinnes is an aromatic Speyside Whisky, from which there is little standard bottling. If you are looking for a light and inexpensive whisky to get to know the distillery, we recommend the Stronachie 10 years. The whisky is produced in the Benrinnes distillery despite the other name.

Benrinnes Whisky

At the foot of Ben Rinnes mountain, you will find the distillery of the same name.

House style

How does Benrinnes single malt taste? The whisky of Benrinnes is very intense in taste. Cream, smoke, toffee and vanilla-these are the flavors that can be found in many bottlings of this distillery.


How is Benrinne’s whisky produced?The water for the Benrinnes Single Malt comes from the Scurran and Rowantree Burn. The slightly peelated malt is obtained from Elgin. Benrinnes maischt with an 8.7 ton mash do made of stainless steel and has eight wooden Gärbottiche with a total volume of 332,000 liters. Benrinnes is one of the few distilleries in the Speyside, who distil their malt three times. Today, Benrinnes has 6 steam heated stills, two Wash stills with 22,935 litres each, two Intermediate Stills with 6,364 litres and 2 Spirit stills each with 9,292 litres each. The annual production volume amounts to 3.5 million litres. The first single malt from Benrinnes was bottled in 1991.


Benrinnes was founded in 1826. In 1829 the young distillery was destroyed by a flood, so that most of the buildings were rebuilt in the year 1835 under the name Lyne of Ruthie. In 1842 William Smith took over the distillery and renamed it in Benrinnes. After a station under Davie Edward, the distillery went to John Dewar & Sons in 1922, which later merged with Distillers Company Limited. In the years 1932, 1933, 1943, 1944 and 1945, the company rested. After the war, it went uphill for Benrinnes. In 1951 Benrinnes was shot to the power grid, and in 1964 and in 1966 was considerably expanded. Since 1978 in Benrinnes has been closed three times. Today, Benrinnes comprises part of the Diageo portfolio.

Benrinnes factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Benrinnes ben*rin*ess Speyside Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1835 - Present Malt Benrinnes Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Unknown Bacardi

Benrinnes Timeline:

1826: A reference to Peter McKenzie ’Benrinnes’ has been seen, but this distillery was originally called Lyne of Ruthrie

1834: Started and run by John Innes

1838: John Innes bankrupt

1838: Taken over and name changed to Benrinnes by William Smith & Co.

1864: William Smith & Co. bankrupt

....: Acquired by David Edward & Stuart

1867: David Edward & Stuart dissolved

....: Continued by David Edward

1896: Incorporated as David Edward Ltd.

1897: David Edward Ltd. wound up and converted to the Benrinnes-Glenlivet Distillery Ltd.

1899: Company of Alexander Edward went almost bankrupt due to the collapse of a major customer, Pattison’s of Leith. Production was cut and times remained difficult until 1923

1922: Acquired by John Dewar & Sons Ltd.

1923: Offered for sale

1925: John Dewar & Sons Ltd. merged with the Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL)

1930: Transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD)

1955-56: Largely rebuilt

1966: Extended from three to six stills (triple distillation). Saladin maltings. Licensed to A. & A. Crawford Ltd., Leith

1991: First official Single Malt bottling

1992: Licensed to United Malt & Grain Distillers Ltd. (UMGD)

Can I tour Benrinnes?

No, unfortunately Benrinnes distillery is not open to the public for tours