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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

BenRiach "Standard" Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Review

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky 'Heart of Speyside'

Colour: Amber, gold.

NOSE: Fresh heather, fruit, honey, nuts and oak wood.

TASTE: This expression cleverly captures fruit, honey, heather and spice notes, against a backdrop of mellow oak wood, in a fresh and lively combination.

AWARDS: Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2006

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 12 Years

Nose: Honey, vanilla, floral, fruity with well balanced wood overtones.

Colour:  Mid-amber, hints of gold.

Taste:  Rounded medium to full bodied, rich honey, vanilla with hints of cream, spice and chocolate.

AWARDS

Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2006

Bronze Medal, International Spirits Challenge 2005.

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 16 Years

Nose: Honey, vanilla, floral, fruity with well balanced wood overtones.

Colour: Mid-amber, hints of gold.

Taste: Rounded medium to full bodied, rich honey, vanilla with hints of cream, spices, toffee and apples

AWARDS

Gold Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2006

Silver Medal, International Spirits Challenge 2006.

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 20 Years

Nose: Spicy, nutty, honey, vanilla, floral, fruity with well balanced wood overtones.

Colour: Mid-amber, hints of gold.

Taste: Rounded medium to full bodied, rich honey, vanilla with hints of apples, spice, chocolate and nuts.

AWARDS

Gold Medal, International Spirits Challenge 2005

Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2006

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Curiositas Peated Malt 10 year old

Curiositas uses a heavily peated malted barley as the cereal varietal to produce a unique, fresh, peated expression.

 

This rare peated single malt, from the Heartland of Speyside, has wonderful overtones of peat reek, combined cleverly with a background of fruity, floral, heathery notes and an appealing presence of oak wood in the finish. Traditionalists believe that peated malts achieve optimum balance of peat-bittersweet and oak infusion, after 10 years of maturation.

 

In fact peated BenRiach is a return to the original Speyside character and flavour of malts typical of the nineteenth century. Curiositas is a distinctive and welcome addition to the Speyside scene – this is a dram to be savoured with a dash of water.

 

Colour: Rich amber

Nose: An explosion of aromatic peat reek, with fragrant hints of honey, fruit and mellow oak.

Taste: An avalanche of peat, followed by an extravagant and complex mix of fruit, heather, nuts, oak wood and spices.

AWARDS

Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2006

Silver Medal, International Spirits Challenge 2005.

BenRiach 16 year old Single Malt Whisky

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BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky    Authenticus Peated 21 years old

The 'big brother' to Curiositas, BenRiach 'Authenticus' is another peated expression of BenRiach, this time matured for a minimum of 21 years.

Strictly limited to just 800 six-packs per annum, Authenticus is a rare and much sought after bottling.

Bottled at 46% alc. vol., at natural colour and non chill filtered.

Nose: An explosion of smoke and peat, in combination with teasing hints of honey, apples and spices.

Colour: Rich golden.

Taste: Rich peat, in perfect harmony with honey, chocolate, raisins and oakwood, followed by a cascade of spices rolling over the palate.

AWARDS

Silver Medal, International Spirits Challenge 2006

Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition 2006

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky aged 25 years

Nose: Rich honey, spices, apples and peat, in combination with superb oak-wood notes.

Colour: Rich golden.

Taste:  A rich cocktail of honey, Oloroso sherry, cocoa and apples, supported by a fascinating presence of citrus, sweet peat and wonderful wood notes.

 

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky aged 30 years

Nose: A fantasia of spices, cinnamon, raisins, Demerara sugar and sherry, with dark chocolate and rich oak notes.

Colour: Rich golden.

Taste: Very full-bodied - an avalanche of Oloroso sherry, spices and raisins, laced with Demerara sugar, orange and dark chocolate, with amazingly rich wood notes.

 

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Whisky aged 40 years

Originally built in 1898, the BenRiach Distillery closed in 1900 when the Scotch Whisky industry entered a period of recession, and remained closed until 1965 when it was re-opened by Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. Although limited quantities of whisky were distilled at BenRiach during 1965, none of those casks remain today, however they were fortunate enough to acquire a handful of casks dating from 1966 when they purchased the distillery in April 2004.

 

As such the BenRiach 40 Years Old is, as they believe, the oldest expression of BenRiach that exists today.

 

They  have combined 2 hogsheads of 1966 BenRiach to produce just 265 bottles - truly an exclusive and rare product.

 

The BenRiach 40 year old is bottled at 50% vol at natural colour, and is non-chill filtered.

 

Each bottle is hand numbered, and comes housed in a mahogany gift box, which also contains a miniature version of the 40YO, an engraved BenRiach pewter hip flask, and a certificate of authenticity signed by the managing director and master distiller Billy Walker.

 

This unique bottling truly represents a rare opportunity to own a genuine piece of BenRiach history.

 

Nose: Ruch honeydew melon, orchard fruits with a hint of spice and sophisticated oak-wood notes.

 

Colour: Rich amber gold.

 

Taste: Classical Speyside with elegant orchard fruits in combination with honey, hazelnut, ornage and dark chocolate, with a finale of light smoke and rich oak-wood notes.

BenRiach  Single Malt Scotch Whisky  limited Release

 

BenRiach continually fingerprint the extensive  inventory from the warehouses to identify very special casks. Each year they select a small number of these casks which display outstanding distinction of taste as a result of the many factors at play during the long maturation process. These are something to look out for as they are indeed rare and exceptional.

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