About the distillery:
What a roller coaster history! Built in 1898 and almost immediatelyclosed from 1900-1965! Following “The Great Pattison Crash” in 1900 that killed the Scotch biz, Benriach kept malting barley for Longmorn, its sister distillery. In 1965 Benriach reopened by Glenlivet, in 1978 Glenlivet was bought by Seagram’s, in 2001 bought by Pernod-Ricard, then finally, in 2016, it was bought by Brown-Forman! 2017 saw Brown Forman appoint great master distiller Rachel Barrie as well as the aquisition of Glendronach and Glenglassaugh. With the years in “mothballs” and the resources of the various entities in charge of Benriach, many casks of maturing stocks have been accumulated and Benriach has a thriving “eceletic barrel” program with offerings finished in a myriad of casks like Madiera, red wines, port, and even Jamaican rum!
About the Whisky:
A very special whisky from Benriach, Smoke Season is its smokiest whisky yet. While Speyside isn’t well known for making peaty whiskies, Benriach have been doing so for years and Smoke Season shows off not only the smoky side of its spirit, but also uses both ex-bourbon and virgin-oak casks to add layers of creaminess and spice.