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June 1, 2022


Little Trios, at this time Benriach plus two

When the ‘new’ Benriachs got here to the market there’s been an enormous shock, in no small measures as a result of excessive high quality of some older vintages, akin to 1966, 1971 or 1976. It is true that the little 10 yo that was once accessible earlier than that was not a shining star, to place it mildly. Now, has Benriach fallen again into the peloton since its final take-over? I am not too certain, to be sincere we do not strive lots of them anymore… Let’s have a go at a wee bunch…


Benriach 10 yo 'The Original Ten' (43%, OB, +/-2022)

Benriach 10 yo ‘The Unique Ten’ (43%, OB, +/-2022) Three stars and a half
It is humorous that they’d have gone again to one thing much like the outdated design from the Nineteen Nineties. It additionally says ‘Three Cask Matured’, which is at all times scary and a bit of, say demeaning in my ebook. Now Macallan does it too, so…  Color: white wine. Nostril: the very fact is that this nostril is good, trendy, with some recent cake, chalk, lemon syrup, Szechuan pepper, fruity hops, IPA, lemon curd and custard… It is just a bit shy and I am certain that is the comparatively low energy. Mouth: identical sort of composition, with lemons, white pepper, chalk, dough, cider apples and inexperienced pears, plums… It is very nice, solely the white pepper would have a tendency to return to the entrance a bit of an excessive amount of. I am certain 46% vol. would have fastened that. End: medium, very good, this time with extra honey and, excellent news, somewhat much less white pepper. Feedback: extraordinarily high quality and in France, the value could be very proper (39.90€ at LMDW as we communicate – no, after all not, we do no affiliation with anyone.)

SGP:531 – 83 factors.

Benriach 10 yo 2009/2019 (51%, OB for Minmore House and Shinanoya, Japan, peated/rum barrel, cask #4414, 273 bottles)

Benriach 10 yo 2009/2019 (51%, OB for Minmore Home and Shinanoya, Japan, peated/rum barrel, cask #4414, 273 bottles) Three stars and a half
Peat and rum! Peat and rum, are we prepared for this? Color: white wine. Nostril: nicely, peat plus rum generates… peat. I imply, on this very case. I am discovering this a lot nicer than the sooner peaty efforts that they had carried out (Birnie Moss and such), however we’re very near uncooked peated malted barley, as if we have been visiting some working malting plant. I am discovering the rum onerous to detect, however I suppose we might if we had each samples in entrance of us, with and with out the rum. Rising notes of camphor and bicycle inside tube, rubber, Barbour grease… With water: rubber up. A brand new field of rubber bands. Mouth (neat): some sort of smoked natural liqueur, I suppose that is the rum. Did anyone ever attempt to smoke Jägermeister? I imply, peat it? Cigarette ashes and gray pepper within the background. With water: we might have struck steadiness. Some mangos and pineapples coming out, somewhat unexpectedly. End: somewhat lengthy, fruitier when decreased. Feedback: one thing of an UFW (unidentified flying whisky). Good enjoyable, why not.
SGP:546 – 84 factors.

Benriach 13 yo 2008/2021 (57.1%, Alambic Classique for, bourbon, cask #21012, 261 bottles)

Benriach 13 yo 2008/2021 (57.1%, Alambic Classique for, bourbon, cask #21012, 261 bottles) Three stars and a half
The indies are on… Color: white wine. Nostril: utterly totally different, way more on acidic small fruits and berries (holly, elder) and polish, nearly with some acetone and certainly with lots of cider apples. Fairly robust, however usually, with these unsure sorts of profiles, water will make wonders, let’s examine… With water: recent wholegrain bread and even notes of rye, actually. No extra varnish, somewhat some prolonged breadiness, which I am at all times in favour of. Mouth (neat): completely uncooked, completely eau-de-vie-ish, that is tutti-frutti (or uncooked grappa) enhanced with litres of barley syrup. A humorous feeling as soon as extra. With water: there, the breads popping out this time once more, along with somewhat lots of kirschwasser. Lemons and gooseberries within the background. End: lengthy, tart, grassier. Crunching the lime zests out of your mojito. Feedback: good enjoyable as soon as extra. The drinker may have some work to do robust, particularly with water.

SGP:561 – 84 factors.

Maybe one or two extra, we can’t do Benriach fairly often…

Benriach 2012/2020 (60.4%, C&S Dram Collection, bourbon barrel, cask #800226, 226 bottles)

Benriach 2012/2020 (60.4%, C&S Dram Assortment, bourbon barrel, cask #800226, 226 bottles) Three stars and a half
One other one from and for Germany. This needs to be extraordinarily eau-de-vie-ish, based on the color, however we shan’t complain, we love eau-de-vie too… Color: very pale white wine. Adore it that the very participating bottler did really feel the necessity to add ‘pure color’ to the label. Now, agreed, you might artificially discolour whisky too, as some used to do across the late Nineteen Sixties and early Seventies. However we’re digressing… Nostril: complete uncooked bread, chalk, porridge, leaven, sourdough and grist, with one thing very fermentary, between cream cheese and pure uncooked yoghurt. With water: bits of rubber this time once more – is that one in every of Benriach’s new markers? – in any other case crushed almonds and simply apples and pears. Mouth (neat): beautiful! Cranberry and prickly pear syrups, plus lots of tart sweetness. We’ll dare point out limoncello once more, my good friend… With water: there, some good, candy, pure bare barleyness. That is the place you realise that malted barley is shock-full of sugar, it’s nearly like if not every part bought fermented (which is unimaginable, we agree). . End: medium, very candy, nearly sugary. Feedback: identical ballpark so far as ‘high quality’ is worried. So, excellent and good enjoyable.

SGP:641 – 84 factors.

Let’s strive an older one…

Benriach 21 yo 1999/2021 (56.5%, WhiskySponge, 1st fill bourbon, 164 bottles)

Benriach 21 yo 1999/2021 (56.5%, WhiskySponge, 1st fill bourbon, 164 bottles) Four stars and a half
Ten extra years will certain make a distinction. A somewhat hallucinatory label too. Color: mild gold. Nostril: ah, we’re somewhat reminded of the Distillery’s ‘outdated vary’, with extra distinct fruits, each tropical ones and our widespread ‘orchard fruits’. That may be preserved greengages – I will by no means inform sufficient how a lot I really like that – and guavas, bananas, apples, additionally correct tangerines (not the boosted sugary ones), then lighter acacia honey and beeswax, in addition to some very advanced Wulong tea. It isn’t a direct one on the nostril, however it is vitally advanced, simply give it time. With water: extra on grasses and peels. Additionally recent walnuts and almonds. Mouth (neat): a fistful of bonbons, jellybeans, marshmallows and banana foam. We all know that The Sponge is a sucker for banana foam, whereas his birthday is on… (No, no, S., please…) With water: excellent growth on grassy citrus. So extra grapefruits, limes and lemons. Oh hell, we’ll even point out yuzu as soon as extra. Peppered yuzu sherbet. End: somewhat lengthy and, precisely, on peppered yuzu sherbet. Feedback: merely high-class Benriach fruitiness.

SGP:651 – 88 factors.

The trio grew to become a quintet, all proper then, is that this Whiskyfun or what?









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