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Benrinnes Scotch Whisky
Aberlour, Banffshire AB38 9NN Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1340 871215 / Fax: +44 (0)1340 871840
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Ben Rinnes (simply known as "The Ben" by locals) is a mountain in the region of Moray, Scotland. The beautiful and distinctive outline of Ben Rinnes (840m, 2775ft) is one of the best loved landmarks in Banffshire. Benrinnes Distillery was established in the 1820s and was built 700 feet (213 meters) above sea level on the northern slopes of the mountain of the same name which dominates eastern Speyside.

The Benrinnes Distillery is mainly used for blending. As a malt, it's ranked top class by blenders and it's also one of the handful of whiskies rated first class. Benrinnes practices a form of partial triple distillation, which helps to give this whisky a real creamy rich character. It wasn't until 1991 the malt whisky had its official bottling in a Flora and Fauna range.

Benrinnes became part of industry giant Diageo when United Distillers and International Distillers & Vintners merged in 1998.


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A classic European Oak profile and a wonderful digestif; big and sweet then mouth drying and just very, very good. There is something deliciously festive about this whisky. It’s redolent of a log fire in the library, buttered crumpets and candles on the Christmas tree.

* A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt.

* From Benrinnes, an active distillery on Speyside.

* The first limited release from the distillers for twelve years

* From European Oak sherry wood casks filled in 1985.

* 6,000 bottles released worldwide. Unfortunately, not sold in the US.

Appearance: Rich, deep mahogany with good beading.

Nose: Classic, muscular Benrinnes with an added and immensely seductive sweetness rippling through it. Crème brulée with a highly caramelised surface. Intense black fruits (prunes), Christmas cake and dates, laced with rich sherry. Behind, a beefy note with some allspice, like a touch of gravy left in the meat pan. Water (just a splash) initially brings the toffee-apple sweetness even more into focus above such meatiness. As it becomes waxier the fruity notes withdraw, yet some moist Christmas cake remains - much later, the meatiness reasserts itself. Superb balance and complexity.

Body: Heavy. Full. Immediate grip.

Palate: Big, powerful and immediately assertive. Sweet, then mouth drying, yet not astringent because that concentrated sweetness remains. Waxy-viscous texture; slight traces of brimstone. Raisin and lots of date. Softens as it moves slowly across the tongue. Water lightens the grip and introduces a lightly smoked character. The voluptuous texture is countered by tannic dryness. Sweet to start and beefy, in all senses. Very, very good.

Finish: Exceptionally long, dry and warming, leaving a mellow, lingering aftertaste of treacle and sandalwood.

Tasting Notes Courtesy of Diageo

The Benrinnes Distillery

The early history of the Benrinnes Distillery indicates that it was very much run as part of a farm, with various outhouses being converted.The original site of the distillery was some 2 miles from its present location, but was destroyed during the Great Flood of Moray in 1829. The distillery has enjoyed almost continual production with only short breaks for the war years.

The distillery is one of six distilleries immediately below "The Ben" that make use of the precious clear water from the Scurran and Rowantree burns close to "the summit of the mountain".

Visitor Centrer: The Benrinnes Distillery does not have a visitor center, however, it may be possible to arrange a tour. Please call: +44 (0)1340 871215