BenRiach 10 YO, 43 %
This whisky is a major milestone for the current owners of BenRiach Distillery. Finally they can launch a 10 YO whisky predominantly with spirit distilled under the new owners. It is matured in bourbon and sherry casks.
I’m stealing a snippet from Master of Malt here, as they quote Sales Director Alistair Walker at BenRiach:
“We have, effectively, been working towards this single moment since we acquired BenRiach Distillery and the 10 Years Old expression will become the cornerstone of our range.”
Nose (23/25): Soft sherry notes with dried fruits mix very well with fresher fruits – mainly green apple, lemon and lime. Vanilla, caramel, white pepper and a touch of malt. Warm and cozy nose. The complex symphony of fruits gets better and better with time in the glass.
Taste (21/25): Smooth and relatively rich for an ABV of 43 %. Fruity and fizzy. Apple, lime, ginger, caramel and hints of Prosecco.
Finish (21/25): Rich and warm finish with tons of fruit, honey, white sugar and malt. There’s a bit of licorice and caramel.
Balance (21/25): This is very good quality, and at a very decent price.