BenRiach snaps up distillery

BenRiach’s Billy Walker

THE BenRiach Distillery Company has bought the Glenglassaugh distillery in Banffshire from Amsterdam-based Lumiere Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

BenRiach, which is run by master blender Billy Walker and South African entrepreneurs Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter, said it aims to bring the distillery “fully back to life”. Glenglassaugh, which dates from 1875, ceased operating in 1986 and re-started production in 2008; it produces a range of single malt whiskies and currently has the capacity to produce 1.1 million litres of whisky a year. It’s the third distillery for the firm, which bought BenRiach distillery from Pernod Ricard in 2004 and GlenDronach in Aberdeenshire in 2008.

Image – BenRiach’s Billy Walker.