Scotch comes to life on canvas


SPEYSIDE distillery BenRiach’s architecture and ‘kaleidoscope of flavour’, as well as the surrounding landscape, have served as inspiration for a series of abstract paintings by Scottish artist Ellis O’Connor.

Commissioned by BenRiach to create a trio of dramatic landscapes influenced by the three casks used to make the firm’s ten year old malt, O’Connor is said to have taken inspiration from the distillery’s range of eclectic casks housed in Warehouse 13.

The deconstruction of the ten year old expression will see three pieces of art created, all of which fuse the flavour palette of BenRiach with O’Connor’s painting style. The paintings will be unveiled during Scotch Whisky Weekend next January in London bar TT Liquor.

Dr Rachel Barrie, master blender at BenRiach Distillery, said: “We have a creative approach to whisky distilling, cask maturation and blending, which Ellis has embraced in her approach to illustrating BenRiach’s eclectic mix of cask types and rich layers of BenRiach Aged 10 Years. Partnering with this talented young Scottish artist is such a wonderful way to bring BenRiach’s flavour journey to life, and we can’t wait to see Ellis’s creations on canvas.”