John Duff had built Longmorn in 1893, and having achieved early success he decided he needed another distillery next door. In 1897, he built Benriach. Sadly, his timing could not have been worse. A downturn in the domestic market alongside the infamous Pattison Crash of 1899 saw the distillery close for 65 years after only operating for two.
Typical with many distilleries, BenRiach has changed hands many times over the course of its history. The Glenlivet Distillers took the reigns in 1965, then onto Seagram in 1978, and then Pernod Ricard in 2001 who decided to close it until 2003 when Billy Walker and two South African entrepreneurs bought it. It has been in the hands of Brown Forman since 2016.
Expect an abundance of pears and peaches in a glass of BenRiach with an elegant top note.