Amber gold in the glass, aroma is restrained at first - with only faint iodine showing in the nose. With extended air notes of apricot, citrus, vanilla, and wood rise up. Entry on the palate is honeyed sweet with a big mid palate expansion of oak vanilla, vinuous resin, and nutmeg. Finish is long with wood tannins producing a bitter orange or dark chocolate like sensation at the back of the throat and fading apricot spice perfume. This is rich yummy malt with a light silky mouthfeel.
NOSE Creme brulee, honey, cinnamon and coconut in harmony with rich port notes and oak wood.COLOURCopper.TASTEButterscotch, herbs, cinnamon, peaches and sultanas, infused with rich port and oak wood notes.
The BenRiach Distillery is located in the 'Heart of Speyside', between the village of Rothes and the town of Elgin, in the North-East of Scotland. They Spey Valley, in which the BenRiach Distillery was built by John Duff in 1898, is home to many of Scotland's great whiskies, but BenRiach has its own uniqueness borne from the particular methods and skills of the men who craft the whisky, the ingredients they use, the distinctive copper stills and the high quality barrels selected for maturation.And, BenRiach boasts one further difference - standing apart from the other Spey Valley distilleries, the traditional floor maltings with their distinctive pagoda style chimneys can produce peated, malted barley, enabling the distillery to capture the defining taste of peat reek in a few of their special bottlings. The barley harvested from the fields surrounding the distillery would be spread across the floors of the malting loft to germinate. Peat, cut from the hills, fired the kiln and produced the heat required to control the germination process, and the distinctive peat scented smoke would be seen curling upwards from the malting chimneys throughout the year.