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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Wood  Finishes Tasting notes review

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Pedro Ximinez aged 15 Years Sherry Finish

Tasting notes

Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels, this whisky is then ‘finished’ in Pedro Ximinez Sherry butts, sourced from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain. During this second period of maturation the whisky derives many interesting characteristics specific to the Pedro Ximinez butt.

This expression is part of the first BenRiach 'Wood Finish Series', released November 2006. The other 'finishes' included in the series are Madeira, Dark Rum and Aged Tawny Port.

 

Nose: Honey, sultanas, dark chocolate with a flood of Pedro Ximinez Sherry.

 

Colour: Gold.

 

Taste: Cream and honey, infused with papaya, rosehips, eucalyptus and dark chocolate, all interwoven with rich Pedro Ximinez Sherry and oak wood.

 

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aged 15 Years Madeira Finish Tasting notes

Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels, this whisky is then ‘finished’ in ‘Henriques and Henriques’ Madeira barrels, sourced from the semi-tropical Portuguese island of Madeira, hundreds of miles off the coast of north-west Africa, in the Atlantic Ocean. During this second period of maturation the whisky derives many interesting characteristics specific to the Madeira barrel.

 

Nose: Vanilla and spices with watermelon and peaches, with a rich backdrop of Madeira and oak wood.

 

Colour: Gold.

 

Taste: An avalanche of butterscotch, hazelnuts, peaches and spices, with a rich Madeira finish.

 

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aged 15 Years Dark Rum Finish Tasting notes 

Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels, this whisky is then ‘finished’ in Dark Rum barrels, sourced from the Caribbean island of Jamaica. During this second period of maturation the whisky derives many interesting characteristics specific to the Dark Rum barrel.

 

Nose: Fantastic interaction between toffee, spices, cinnamon and sultana, with a rich backdrop of rum.

 

Colour: Light gold.

 

Taste: Toffee, cinnamon, apricots, rosehips and chocolate, with an avalanche of rum and sultanas in the finish.

 

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aged 15 Years Tawny Port Finish Tasting notes 

Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels, this whisky is then ‘finished’ in Aged Tawny Port hogsheads, sourced from the Douro region in the north of Portugal. During this second period of maturation the whisky derives many interesting characteristics specific to the Port hogshead.

 

Nose: Crème brulée, honey, cinnamon and coconut in harmony with rich port notes and oak wood.

 

Colour: Copper

 

Taste: scotch, herbs, cinnamon, peaches and sultanas, infused with rich port and oak wood notes.

 

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

16 Years old Sauternes Finish Tasting notes

 

Matured in the traditional style in American bourbon barrels, this whisky is then 'finished' in Chateau D'Yquem Premire Cru Superior Sauternes wine barrels, sourced from the Bordeaux region of France. During this second period of maturation the whisky interacts with the oak wood and derives a number of additional flavours and aromas specific to the Sauternes barrels.

 

Nose: Sultanas, figs, butterscotch.

 

Colour: Rich gold.

 

Taste:  sweet Sauternes notes married with tropical fruits, melons, toffee, sultanas and butterscotch.

Peated Wood Finishes Tasting notes

Bottled at 46% (92 proof), at natural colour and non chill filtered.

 

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BenRiach 'Heredotus Fumosus' Tasting notes

Released in May 2007, BenRiach 'Heredotus Fumosus' is part of a range of three 12 year old heavily peated BenRiachs, originally matured in American oak and then finished either in sherry, port or dark rum wood.

 

In the case of 'Heredotus Fumosus', the whisky has been finished in Pedro Ximinez Sherry Butts, and the name, which is Latin, literally translates to 'smoky sherry'.

 

This maintains the tradition of giving the distilleries peated expressions Latin names, which started with Curiositas (10 years old) and Authenticus (21 years old), and which has become somewhat of a signature for BenRiach.

 

Nose: Sweet peat and smoke, clean citrus and vanilla notes with a rich backdrop of Pedro Ximinez Sherry.

 

Colour: Golden.

 

Taste: Sweet peat and smoky kippers, bog myrtle, lavender and sultanas, with a sublime Pedro Ximinez Sherry finish.

 

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BenRiach 'Importanticus Fumosus' Tasting notes

 

In the case of 'Importanticus Fumosus', the whisky has been finished in Aged Tawny Port Hogsheads, and the name, which is Latin, literally translates to 'smoky port'.

 

Nose: A big experience with peat, seaweed, vanilla and herbs complementing the rich Tawny Port presence.

 

Colour: Copper.

 

Taste: Wonderful sweet peat, bog myrtle and seaweed, with hints of vanilla, citrus and wild flowers, with a rich infusion of Port.

 

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BenRiach 'Arumaticus Fumosus' Tasting notes

 

In the case of 'Arumaticus Fumosus', the whisky has been finished in Jamaican Dark Rum Barrels, and the name, which is Latin, literally translates to 'smoky rum'.

 

Nose: Peat reek and smokies, moor herbs and heather, followed by a cascade of rum and sultanas.

 

Colour: Light gold.

 

Taste: Peat, eucalyptus, smokies, wild flowers and vanilla, with a huge infusion of sultanas and rum.

 

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BenRiach 'Maderensis Fumosus' Tasting notes

 

Released in July 2008, 'Maderensis Fumosus' (Latin for 'smoky Madeira') is a heavily peated BenRiach, aged 13 years old, originally matured in American oak, then finished in Henriques & Henriques Madeira wine barrels.

 

This is the 4th expression of BenRiach where the distillery has selected the base whisky as the peated version of BenRiach Malt and exposed it to the influence of cask finishing, following on from the 12 years old versions finished, respectively, in Pedro Ximinez Sherry casks, Aged Tawny Port casks and Jamaican Dark Rum casks.

 

Nose: Rich peat reek with vanilla, cocoa, spices and tropical fruits.

 

Colour: Lively straw gold.

 

Taste: An avalanche of bitter sweet peat and smoke, in harmony with citrus, butterscotch, peaches and cinnamon.

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