Excerpt: his whisky is a true delight, and it improves as you sip it, opening up to reveal more and more fruit, while leaving the smoke to play in the background like a roaring fire in the living room on Christmas Eve. A winner.
Excerpt: Smoky and pungent and yet fruity at the same time might make you question whether you are drinking whisky or not. There is a salty, peanut brittle quality mixed in with dried fruit on the palate, but the smoke is still front and center. This may not be a whisky for you if you don't like a challenge.
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Benriach Solstice is a 17yr Port finished expression that's captured the attention of enthusiasts as long as it has sat on shelves. Let's dive in.
Potent wine sweetness, peat and vegetal smoke. Thick pound cake and some cinnamon, clove and some bittering wine notes again
Mild astringent plastic note. Good mouthfeel, coats nicely, sweet and peaty. Theres also some pepper. Then the wine kicks in. Its less sweet and mildly souring but it plays with the peat very well. Its sweet, peppery, fruity and smokey. Pretty complex.
Strong overarching peat and smoke. More wine sweetness pops up here and it gives way to some nice smokey, charred peat smoke.
A knockout combination of smoke, peat, wine and lovely base malt. Delightful.
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