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Wood finish whiskies at Le Comptoir Irlandais

04/12/2019

Discover whiskies from 3 Speyside distilleries: BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh. Discrete for several decades, these distilleries come back today with expertise on the influence of casks and impressive finishes.

Discover our selection and measure the influence of the wood barrels that make the richness of these bottlings.

The BenRiach distillery

The BenRiach distillery was founded in 1897 by the Grant family right next to the Longmorn distillery, but it was left dormant in 1900 following the fall of the Pattison whisky crisis.

Located at the southern exit of Elgin, on the road to Rothes, in Speyside, Scotland, BenRiach was also called "Longmorn II" because the two distilleries are almost Siamese.

BenRiach had a chaotic start. Victim of the resounding bankruptcy of Pattison that precipitated many distilleries in its downfall, following its purchases of whisky on credit, the distillery closed after two years. Only its malting areas remained operational, notably to feed Longmorn malt. The distillation did not resume until 1965!

After an extension that brought the number of stills in 1985 from two to four, BenRiach changes hands in 2001, then again in 2004. Billy Walker, a prominent personality in the world of whisky, then embarks on the adventure with two investors. Today it is Brown Forman who is currently the owner of this distillery.

The BenRiach distillery houses an impressive stock of old barrels. Its cellars are full of sherry butts (barrels with a capacity of 500 litres) of all kinds (Oloroso, Pedro Ximenez ...), new oak barrels, bourbon barrels and hogsheads (barrels with a capacity of 250 litres) going up in the 1960s, and casks containing wine, rum, Madeira, Porto or even Rioja!

Those aging in the traditional cellars (dunnage) bathe in an extraordinary orange light.

The capacity of the distillery is 2.8 million litres of pure alcohol, about 900,000 bottles of Single Malt.
To find your way between the peated and non-peated BenRiach editions:

The versions with a name or an adjective are peated (Curiositas, Birnie Moss ...) and the accounts of ages without name or adjective are not peated (10 years, 16 years ...).

Exception: The Heart of Speyside that characterises the essence of Speyside is unpeated.

BenRiach's Wood Finish aging

Benriach 10 years old Curiositas: oak casks

Benriach Birnie Moss: bourbon

Benriach Peated Cask Strength Batch 1: sherry and bourbon

Benriach Cask Strength Batch 2: bourbon, sherry and new oak

At the World Whiskies Awards 2019, BenRiach 10-year-old Curiositas and BenRiach Birnie Moss won a bronze medal for the Best Highlands Single Malt. BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 received the silver medal for the Best Scotch Single Malt (no age statement).

Glenglassaugh distillery

The Glenglassaugh distillery, located at the eastern end of beautiful Sandend Bay (Aberdeenshire) in the Scottish Highlands, has remained silent and forgotten for more than two decades. His legacy dates back to 1875 when the distillery was founded by Colonel James Moir.

Glenglassaugh is pronounced "Glenglassa" and means "valley of the gray-green place". This name comes from this beautiful environment in the Scottish Highlands.

The Glenglassaugh coat of arms is decorated with gannets, stills and barley. The Latin phrase "Per Mare, Per Terras" means "by land, by sea" is also included.

This blazon represents the important link between the distillery, the sea and reflects the coastal environment. It also tells how whisky has always been on the market long before the construction of the distillery. Originally the distillery was the site of a trafficker where unlawful distillation took place.

Glenglassaugh is the only distillery to enjoy in a unique location on the border of Speyside and the Highlands and by the sea, this Scottish distillery reveals three distinctive characteristics in its whiskies: the Speyside bringing a tropical sweetness, the Highlands adding depth and richness and the sea giving the whisky a marine character.

Closed in 1986, it was relaunched in 2008. The distillery is a true renaissance, celebrated by the launch of Glenglassaugh Revival, a beautiful Single Malt having enjoyed a barrel finish of Oloroso Xeres and many other whiskies. ...

Glenglassaugh's Wood Finish aging

Glenglassaugh Evolution: american oak

Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximenez Finish: bourbon then sherry

Glenglassaugh Peated Port Wood Finish: port wine casks

Glenglassaugh Revival: bourbon then sherry

Glenglassaugh Torfa: bourbon


Glenglassaugh Revival received the silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019.

Glenglassaugh Torfa


Glenglassaugh Evolution received a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019 and a silver medal at the World Whiskeys Awards 2019.

GlenDronach distillery

GlenDronach, located near the town of Huntly in East Speyside, Scotland, stands apart from other distilleries in the area. GlenDronach means "valley of mulberries" in Gaelic.

This distillery implements traditional methods of production (malting including partly drying with peat fire, as well as the heating of stills). This largely explains the powerful character and strong personality of its Single Malt.

Still very rich, GlenDronach whisky is fully revealed in Sherry cask versions. It shows a perfect balance between the notes of sherry, malted barley and red berries.

Its blackened stone buildings, pagodas and blood-red shutters immediately attract attention. The small stream that runs through the inner courtyard of the distillery reinforces its artisanal and traditional character.

Destroyed by a fire in 1837, it was rebuilt in 1852 and then bought in 1920 by Charles Grant, son of the founder of Glenfiddich. Sold in 1960 to William Teacher & Son, it doubled its production capacity in 1966, the number of stills from two to four.

Until dormant in 1996, GlenDronach was still malting some of its barley. Once again operational since 14th May 2002, its stills are still heated with coal.

Currently, Brown Forman (Jack Daniels) owns the distillery. Rachel Barrie is the Malt Master of the 3 GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh distilleries.

GlenDronach Wood Finish aging

Glendronach Peated 12 years old: bourbon and sherry

Glendronach Parliament 21 years old: sherry casks

Glendronach Allardice 18 years old: Olorosso sherry

Glendronach 12 years old: sherry

GlenDronach 18-year-old Allardice was voted the Best Single Malt Scotch whisky aged between 13 and 20 years old at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards. GlenDronach Parliament 21 years old won the bronze medal in the Best Single Malt Highland category and 12-year-old GlenDronach received the silver medal as Best Single Malt Scotch Whiskies up to 12 years old.

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