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Benriach Distillery Announces U.S. Release of 2 ‘Seasonal’ Double Cask Scotches


Benriach Distillery’s Malting Season and Smoke Season soctch whiskies are coming to the U.S. (Photo: Benriach Distillery)

Scotland’s Benriach Distillery announced last week the release of two whiskies — both matured in bourbon and virgin oak casks —  to the U.S. the first, Benriach Malting Season, is the first expression in a century produced entirely using barley malted from the distillery’s floor maltings, Benriach said, via The Whiskey Reviewer. The second, Smoke Season, is a small-batch release intended to capture “one of Benriach’s time-honored seasonal production techniques” — running peated spirit through its stills.

Malting Season is selected by Master Blender Rachel Barrie, who chooses the type of barley and bottling strength. It is made using Benriach’s “floor malting” method, during which barley is steeped in water and then spread across the malting room floor and turned by hand over several days. Benriach’s malting team monitors the barley and decides when it is ready to move to the kiln.

Both whiskies will be available in limited quantities in select markets.

Benriach Malting Season

Malting season is bottled at 48.7% ABV and comes with a suggested retail price of 750 milliliters. Tasting notes:

  • Color: Barley gold
  • Nose: Barley sugar, almond fudge and poached orchard apple
  • Palate: Vanilla and honeyed pear
  • Finish: Lasting nuttiness of slowly kilned malt

Benriach Smoke Season

Smoke Season is bottled at 52.8% ABV and has a suggested retail price of $71.99. Tasting notes:

  • Color: Burnished gold
  • Nose: Barbecue smoked fruit in a pine forest
  • Palate: Sweet caramel smoke and cinnamon-spiced roasted apple
  • Finish: Charred orange peel and hickory

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David Morrow is the managing editor of Whiskey Raiders and has been with the company since September 2021. David has worked in journalism since 2015 and has had bylines at Sports Illustrated, Def Pen, the Des Moines Register and the Quad City Times. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. When he’s not tasting the newest exciting whiskey releases, David enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, watching sports and traveling.