No visitor centre, but Connoisseur's tours can be booked for £35.00, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 and 14:00.
My visit to BenRiach Distillery in June 2011 featured tasting of a stunning range of samples dating from 1971 to 1993 recently drawn from the cask.
Longmorn founder John Duff decided to build a second distillery (initially known as Longmorn II) next door - but by this time the Pattison ** scandal had hit the whisky industry, he went bankrupt and had to sell both distilleries. While Longmorn prospered, BenRiach was closed (apart from its floor maltings) until 1965 when it was purchased and completely renovated by Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd. The maltings worked until 1999...
They needed peated malt for their blends, so they started producing peated whisky as well as unpeated at BenRiach.
Though never intended for single malt release when it was distilled, the peated variety has enabled the current owners of BenRiach to bottle a wide range of both peated and unpeated single malts.
In November 2012, BenRiach recommenced floor malting at the distillery, and the following year the company bought Glenglassaugh.
The Benriach Distillery Company was bought by Jack Daniel owners, Brown-Forman, in 2016.
** I originally had a link to a SMWS article on this, but that has disappeared since the re-design of the SMWS website, the above link is to a short piece on wikipedia, for a more in depth look at ths important episode in whisky history, see the glenlochy.com website.
MaltMadness whiskymerchants.co.uk Wikipedia scotchwhisky.com
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BenRiach Distillery is two miles south of Elgin on the road (A941) to Rothes (8 miles). Nearest station is Elgin (ELG) (2 miles) Live Train Times. If your bike's laid up, there's a bus stop outside - hourly service Mon-Fri Elgin to Dufftown
BenRiach bottle an extensive range of whiskies from the NAS Heart of Speyside (40%), through 10, 16 and 20 yo (all at 43%) to the premium ages 25 (46.8%) and 35 (42.5%). Not forgetting the peated range, the wood finishes - and the peated wood finishes. There are only a few "Latin-style" namings left all in the peated range (Curiositas 10yo; Septendecim 17yo; Authenticus 25yo - all at 46%). There are also frequent releases of limited edition single cask whiskies.
Nearest Bike shops - Elgin:
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of BenRiach Distillery are available on Flickr.