Benriach had a rocky start. The distillery was founded in 1898 by John Duff, but was forced to close only two years later following the Pattison Crash. It didn’t reopen until 1965, and then mainly produced whisky for blends. The distillery finally got the appreciation it deserved in 2004, when an independent consortium led by whisky expert Billy Walker took over. The hidden gem that is Benriach Single Malt, was put into the spotlight for the first time and a new portfolio of whiskies was introduced to the world. Benriach 35 Years Old is a classic Speyside single malt, blended together expertly from a handful of bourbon and red wine casks. The bourbon brings notes of papaya, mango and golden syrup to the table, while the red wine casks have added layers of velvety chocolate, toasted oak spice and cherry syrup. This limited release was introduced in 2020.