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Whisky Opinions: BenRiach Cask Version Choices


Editor’s Be aware: These whiskies have been supplied to us as assessment samples by Benriach. This under no circumstances, per our editorial insurance policies, influenced the ultimate end result of this assessment.

Founder John Duff opened the BenRiach Distillery in 1898 on the location of the outdated Riach farm within the northern Speyside area of Scotland. This single malt distillery produces three distinct whisky kinds: basic unpeated, Highland peated, and triple distilled. It makes use of water sourced from the mineral-rich aquifer beneath the distillery grounds to craft its spirits, together with a number of completely different cask varieties from all over the world.

Dubbed “sleeping beauties,” the eclectic cask varieties used to mature BenRiach’s whisky embrace sherry, port, Madeira wine, Marsala wine, Jamaican rum, and Kentucky bourbon. The mashing course of makes use of 4 – as an alternative of the same old three – batches of mineral-rich water. Whereas it might take a little bit longer, this system permits the whisky to attain an additional degree of sweetness from the barley.

For its peated whisky, BenRiach makes use of peat from the Highlands of Scotland, which has a candy, smoky woodland peat profile that’s much less medicinal than West Coast peat, like the sort used on Islay. Based on its web site, “BenRiach Distillery holds the oldest and rarest peated stock in Speyside, courting again to 1975.”

Within the Cask Editions, BenRiach Distillery’s Grasp Blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie makes use of BenRiach’s eclectic number of casks to discover the flavour prospects of Speyside single malt. These periodically launched editions are hand chosen by Barrie and supply a singular style of BenRiach’s fruit-laden character. In a ready assertion, Barrie mentioned, “Every cask will inform its personal story of a journey of taste the place the spirit is married with oak, over years and thru the seasons, to essentially create a singular second in time by no means to be repeated once more.”

In 2015, BenRiach was voted World Whisky Distiller of the 12 months on the Icons of Whisky Awards. Previous to that it was awarded the 2015 “Icons of Scotland” Whisky Distiller of the 12 months. 

This assessment focuses on three alternatives from BenRiach’s Cask Version Assortment. They embrace the 2009 (12 12 months) – Cask #3812: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon, the 1998 (23 12 months) – Cask #10297: Marsala, and the 1997 (24 12 months) – Cask #15058: Oloroso Puncheon. These whiskies from single casks aged 12-24 years showcase the Speyside distillery’s number of eclectic cask kinds.

Benriach Cask Version US (picture through Benriach)

Tasting Notes: BenRiach Pedro Ximénez Puncheon Cask 12 12 months Previous Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Cask #3812

Important Stats: Peated single malt, 642 bottles obtainable in: CA, KY, OR, WA, GA, MA, and NY; 116.4 proof (58.2% ABV), 700 ml bottle SRP $100, bottled in Scotland.

Look: Chestnut/Oloroso sherry

Nostril: This whisky begins with a clean average burn on the nostril with peaty, smoky, earthy notes of vanilla, caramel, and uncooked pear. It’s barely grassy with a touch of sea salt. 

Palate: Apple cinnamon, black pepper, and butterscotch flavors seem on the palate together with hints of lemon zest, sugared raisins, and spicy honey. 

Ultimate Ideas: It is a extremely advanced whisky with a thick texture that’s initially silky and delicate upon first sip. It actually coats the tongue and roof of the mouth for an exceptionally lengthy end with flavors of silky spicy honey, sugar coated raisins, and orchard fruit. The flavors are properly balanced and intensify brilliantly on the palate after subsequent sips.

Rating: 5/5

Tasting Notes: BenRiach Marsala Cask 23 12 months Previous Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Cask #10297

Important Stats: Single malt aged in a Marsala Wine hogshead. 264 bottles obtainable in AZ, CO, IL, DE, DC, FL, MD, NV, PA, SC, and WI; 110.8 proof (55.4% ABV), 700 ml bottle SRP $330. 

Look: Chestnut/Oloroso sherry

Nostril: It begins with a moderate burn on the nostril with a scrumptious aroma highlighted by notes of minimize grass, brilliant citrus, cherry, and fruit jelly. 

Palate: This whisky has a really advanced taste profile that features notes of nectarine, butterscotch, and berries, with stunning hints of buttery espresso and recent chocolate cake. The properly rounded notes of apple and inexperienced pepper on the again finish present a scintillating burn that doesn’t let go. 

Ultimate Ideas: This expression has a protracted end that’s stuffed with properly balanced flavors to find. Richly fragrant with brilliant fruitiness, it’s not precisely a departure from the normal taste profile whisky lovers have come to count on from their Scotch. As a substitute, it cleverly captures the flavour potential of Scotland’s centuries outdated beloved spirit. 

Rating: 5/5

Tasting Notes: BenRiach Oloroso Puncheon Cask 24 12 months Previous Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Cask #15058

Important Stats: Peated single malt aged in an Oloroso puncheon. 641 bottles obtainable in GA, MA, NY, and extra main metro markets; 110.8 proof (55.4% ABV), 700 ml bottle SRP $380.

Look: Chestnut/Oloroso sherry

Nostril: It begins with a moderate nostril burn with notes of cedar, minimize grass, and cinnamon apple. 

Palate: The plate has a medicinal burn with notes of dried apple, black pepper, and dried leather-based. 

Ultimate Ideas: I discovered this whisky to be a bit dry, with a end that has a lingering spiciness with medicinal notes and never a lot complexity of taste. Just a few flavors I may detect included black pepper, dried apple, and dried leather-based. This easy spirit could also be most well-liked by the extra skilled Scotch fanatic than those that are newer to it. 

Rating: 3.5/5



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