Winning! BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd wins ten medals including two “Golds” in the 2013 International Wine and Spirits Competition

BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd wins ten medals including two “Golds” in the 2013 International Wine and Spirits Competition

THE BenRiach Distillery Company has won 10 medals at this year’s International Wine and Spirits Competition, with BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh expressions all scooping major awards.

It was gold for two BenRiachs – the 16YO and the Authenticus 25YO.

In addition, there were three Silver Outstanding Medals – for BenRiach 12YO Arumaticus Fumosus, GlenDronach 12YO and BenRiach 17YO Solstice.

Four silver medals followed – for GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 2, GlenDronach 21YO Parliament, GlenDronach 18YO Allardice and Glenglassaugh Evolution.

And completing the ten awards was a Bronze Medal for Glenglassaugh Revival.

Founded in 1969, the International Wine and Spirit Competition is one of the most prestigious in the world. It exists to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide, encouraging consumer and trade recognition for quality products.

BenRiach’s Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “We are thrilled to win these awards, especially as they are spread across all three of our brands, and winning two gold medals is particularly satisfying.

“The 16 year-old is a really nice, smooth single malt – of all the whiskies we produce this specific expression probably best captures the ‘house-style’ of BenRiach – a real classic Speysider!
“And our full-bodied 25YO Authenticus, formerly available as a 21YO, continues to get rave reviews. Bottled at 46%, non chill filtered and at natural colour, the peated malted barley produces a unique, smoky, phenolic taste that’s very unusual for a Speyside malt.
“These are two sublime malts…perfect for toasting the health of a new baby Prince and his proud parents!”





THE award-winning BenRiach Distillery has today, 17th of July, released Batch 10 of its eagerly-anticipated single cask bottlings.

Selected by Master Blender Billy Walker, the superlative twelve-expression batch from the Elgin distillery was bottled last month and all bottlings are available as of today.

Batch 10 comprises sublime Speyside vintages ranging from 1976 to 2005. Cask types vary from Moscatel and Virgin American Oak Hogsheads to Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheons and Barrels.

As always, they offer a mouth-watering range of classic BenRiach malt charm – zesty tropical fruits, dark roasted coffee beans, soft vanilla, banana, toffee, cinnamon…and even campfire-roasted apples with a touch of black pepper!

Unusually for BenRiach, one expression – the 1998 cask # 7633 – has been triple-distilled. The taste is sensational – lively crisp pineapple explodes and gradually softens into creamy toffee.
And also included in the new batch is an intriguing young 8 year old, an amazing 2005 cask # 3782 which is rich gold and, on the nose, bursts with sweet heather smoke, ripe soft fruits and a touch of citrus zest – ideal for summer drinking.

The cask details are:

1976 cask # 2013 / 37 years old / Classic Speyside / 49.6%vol

1977 cask # 1031 / 36 years old / Moscatel Finish / 54.9%vol

1978 cask # 1047 / 35 years old / Moscatel Finish / 51.1%vol

1983 cask # 296 / 30 years old / Classic Speyside / 43.9%vol

1984 cask # 1051/ 28 years old / Peated / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 49.9%vol

1985 cask # 7188 / 27 years old / Peated / Virgin American Oak Finish / 48.9%vol

1988 cask # 4000 / 24 years old / Tawny Port Finish / 52.6%vol

1992 cask # 986 / 21 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 53.3%vol

1994 cask # 4385 / 18 years old / Virgin American Oak Finish / 55.5%vol

1996 cask # 10306 / 17 years old / Marsala Finish / 56.0%vol

1998 cask # 7633 / 15 years old / Triple Distilled / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 56.1%vol

2005 cask # 3782 / 8 years old / Peated / Virgin American Oak Finish / 58.1%vol

Some really tasty looking drams there. Can’t wait to try some.



Benriach Batch 1 – That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Review

Benriach Batch 1
That Boutique-y Whisky Company

Available at Master of Malt £49.95

Benriach is high on my favourite distillery’s list. Had a great time with‘s ‘b’ release at Christmas, and this is another corker.


Big fruity explosion. Dark fruits. Raisins. Grape. Cherries. Nicely Sherried. Spme aged spicy oak. Sawdust. I can sense some aniseed in the background. Some woody varnish notes. Warmth richness. A complex nose which I can spend a long time sniffing!


Dry arrival. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest. Some Chocolate and Sherried dark fruits come in time. Rich but delicate.


Dry medium finish. Dry wood spices dominates. Some limited fruit.

Adding water?

I added a small drop here. Conscious of the alcohol levels and not wanting to drown it. Wow! Here comes the fruit! Everything is enhanced with a drop on this one. The fruit really shines through. Everything previously noticed on the nose but appearing absent in the taste and finish blows up and outwards!


All round complex beast with some interesting characteristics in the nose and finish. Would say there is a reasonable age to this. Well worth spending some time with to interrogate further!

Bought as a drink by the dram from Master of Malt. I need to buy a bottle of this before it sells out I think. I’d like to spend more time with this complex monkey!