4 Distinct Benriach Whiskies You Should Know About
Benriach is one of Speyside, Scotland’s storied distilleries that has caught the attention of the whisky world when it launched its latest flavour-forward core range of whiskies last year. Created with three distinct styles—classic, peated and triple distilled—these quickly racked up accolade after accolade including gold medals at the San Francisco Spirit Competition and the third spot on Whisky Advocate’s prestigious list of “Top 20 Whiskies of 2020”.
This achievement won’t be possible without the direction of master blender Dr Rachel Barrie, who may stick to the traditions of whisky-making but is never afraid to stretch the creative boundaries.
“The new range perfectly marries tradition and innovation that is central to Benriach’s story,” explained Barrie, who created unique whiskies that span the full spectrum of flavours and come in new packaging. Here are four that captured our palate:
1/4 The Original Ten
This Speyside single malt is the true definition of the distillery’s signature smooth and multi-layered flavours, achieved by maturing the distillate for at least 10 years in three special casks—bourbon barrels, sherry casks and virgin oak. “In the new Original Ten, a more richly flavoured, rounded malt character might be discerned,” explained Barrie, and this gets even better with luscious layers of orchard fruits, toasted oak and subtle hints of smoke.
2/4 The Smoky Ten
A good introduction to Benriach’s “sweet smoke” is this peated creation, crafted using barley smoked with Highland peat. This imbues the liquid with distinct smoky characters balanced by sunripe fruits, intense smoked applewood notes and toasted oak spice it acquires after it is triple matured in bourbon barrels, toasted virgin oak and Jamaican rum casks.
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3/4 The Twelve
Fans of non-peated whiskies will adore this beautiful whisky without any hints of smoke. What you’ll taste is instead is a smooth and rich expression with “layers of dark berry fruits that capture the flavours of Benriach in the autumn” in a bottle. Barrie achieves complexity by ageing it in sherry, bourbon and port casks to add extra layers of baked fruit, maple honey sweetness and linger oak spice.
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4/4 The Smoky Twelve
The Twelve’s smoky counterpart is another exquisite creation that is three-cask matured in an unconventional combination of bourbon, sherry and Marsala. The result? An extremely creamy and smooth whisky imbued with notes of ripened fruit and finished off with aromatic layers of smoke.
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Benriach whiskies are exclusively distributed by Malt & Wine Asia and are available for purchase on TheTatlerBar.com.