Founded by John Duff, in 1898, a pioneer of the whiskey industry, Benriach has gone through periods of closure and reopening over the years.
After closing in 1900 due to financial difficulties, Benriach reopened in 1965 and a new phase of malt whiskey production began. In the 1970s, the distillery embraced innovation by introducing pear-shaped stills and becoming one of the first to experiment with different types of wood for aging barrels.
In the intervening years, Benriach has earned a reputation as a bold and inventive distillery, producing a variety of unique and innovative expressions. In 2004, the distillery was acquired by spirits company Brown-Forman, which has continued to sustain and develop its legacy.
To produce a single malt whiskey, the barley is first subjected to a malting process, during which the complex sugars/starches present in the cereal are broken down into simple sugars, suitable for alcoholic fermentation by the hands of the yeasts. This procedure takes place in three phases: the maceration of the cereal in water to moisten it, the germination, during which the barley, which has been removed from the water, absorbs oxygen and begins to produce the radicle and to germinate; this procedure in particular will release the enzyme which is responsible for the transformation of starches into simple sugars. Subsequently this procedure is interrupted and the cereal is dried, which often takes place using peat-powered ovens, which will give the typical hints of smoked or brackish. Subsequently, the dried barley is ground and added again with hot water for further extraction of the must; this is what will be subsequently fermented and then distilled. The specification provides that for the wording single malt the whiskey must come from a single distillery and be aged for at least three years in oak barrels in Scotland.
Bright gold colour. The aromatic bouquet is dominated by fragrances of ripe yellow fruit, hints of cereals and sweet honey, nuances of delicate oriental spices, light toasted and smoky touches. In the mouth it is warm and enveloping, with a velvety sip that is a prelude to a long-lasting and well-balanced conclusion.
Perfect at the end of a meal or as a meditation; particularly recommended for lovers of whiskey or smoky or intense flavors in general. Great as a gift!