BenRiach Distillery was founded in 1898. It is one of the few distilleries in Scotland which still operates traditional Floor Maltings. BenRiach is very versatile producing unpeated whisky, peated whisky and triple distilled. The latter two are unusual in Speyside. Travelling south of Elgin, BenRiach is the first distillery you pass which is open to the public however, it is appointment only.
Most distilleries on Speyside produce unpeated whisky. However, BenRiach produces both including BenRiach Temporis 21yo. Temporis is Latin for time and reflects the character of Speyside whisky in the 19th century. Temporis uses peat from the North East of Scotland and a mix of four barrels including Pedro Ximenez Sherry and virgin oak barrels.
BenRiach Distillery Tours and Tastings
BenRiach Distillery is currently closed to the public. The BenRiach Connoisseur’s Distillery Tours operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a minimum of four guests. Tours must be booked in advance.
Look out for BenRiach events and tours in the Speyside Whisky Festival. Recent events have included the Malt Alchemy Tour with Stewart Buchan (Brand Ambassador and former distillery manager) and Cask Strength Warehouse Tasting with Rachel Barrie (Master Blender).
BenRiach Distillery and Tour Highlights
How to get to BenRiach Distillery
BenRiach Distillery is situated in just under 3 miles from Elgin on the A941. This road is not suitable for walking on. There are taxi firms nearby. If you are driving, please note that drink driving laws in Scotland are extremely strict and there is a zero tolerance policy. Check how BenRiach Distillery caters for drivers before booking. For detailed directions click on the link within the map.