|Category||Single Malt Scotch|
|Region||United Kingdom, Scotland, Speyside|
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BenRiach Single Malt Scotch 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled “at the preferred strength of 46.8%”. BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak.
“BenRiach 25 Years Old offers a rare opportunity to taste an older expression of sublime complexity and depth,” said Brown-Forman Master Blender Rachel Barrie in a prepared statement. “As a ‘wishlist’ spirit, this sumptuous expression is sure to delight connoisseurs, enjoyed in celebration with friends, colleagues and family. With Father’s Day and Mother’s Day coming up, there is no better gift to make the occasion a memorable one.”
BenRiach has been making whisky for ages. Sort of. The distillery was originally founded during the first wave of major whisky investment, in 1898. Two years later, the Pattison Crash came down, where the dubious financial dealings of independent bottlers scared away the money that had built Scotland’s spirit industry. BenRiach was nearly a casualty, only their malting loft hanging on to supply next-door Longmorn.
Nearly 60 years would pass before Glenlivet Distillers reopened this Speyside gem. The next 40 years brought aquisitions by larger and larger concerns. Sometimes the distillery would produce for only part of the year. Despite fits and starts, in 1994, they released the first single malt under the BenRiach label. Eight years later, the distillery closed again.
The BenRiach 25 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky has a wonderful nose! It’s rich and sweet like Chinese almond cookies, malty, with the barest hint of smoke – like smoke that has traveled some distance to your nose. At the very end there’s a bit of green – hay starting to dry.
Lots of fruit, particularly luscious stone fruit. Almonds and cocoa, spice.
Dry, rich complexity.