BenRiach’s inception was one of poor timing for founder Duff – just a year after opening, the famous Pattison Crash forced it and many other Scottish distilleries to close after it was discovered that the Pattison Brothers had been operating an early-days Ponzi scheme, over inflating their capacity and leaving huge irreparable holes in their books which distillery companies could not recoup.
More closures eventually followed and it wasn’t until 2004 when Billy Walker – former director of Burn Stewart – purchased it alongside a consortium of investors that BenRiach really got the shot it deserved. A huge amount of investment pushed it to be well-known and well-loved amongst whisky lovers over the following decades.
It is now owned by Brown Forman, who saw its huge potential and purchased it – alongside Glenglassaugh and Glendronach – from Walker and Co for nearly £300 million in 2016. The current capacity of 2.8 million litres per annum supports a number of distillery own bottling from the company.