Excerpt: This is a fantastic single malt that sits in that sweet maturation pocket, balancing the younger, crisp, citrus notes of a younger whisky with the introduction of more oak and tropical fruit influence.
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Distilled and bottled by Speyside scotch distiller Benriach, this release features a 16-year age statement and is bottled at 86 proof. Ex-bourbon, sherry and virgin oak matured whiskeys are blended for this release. Let's dive in!
Rich and bready, this pour is full of sweet cream, rich red berries, warm pastries and honey with a touch of slate and minerality on the nose.
Moderate mouthfeel. There's a whole pile of apple and warm apple crisp, brown sugar, a faint hint of smoke and ash.
Long finish. The pour comes together here with apples, pears, peaches, vanilla bean and a touch of smoke.
This release from Benriach is a very good one, although I couldn't shake the feeling that a couple more proof points would turn this into something truly special.
Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.
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