BenRiach, the unconventional Speyside distillery, has reintroduced a gold award winning expression to its core range. The BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Yearsshowcases the distillery’s reputation for creative, multi-faceted maturation. Made using three styles of sherry cask maturation: full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask finishing, the expression offers layers of fruit sweetness and toasted oak spice with a luscious dessert-like finish.
This expression was one of five BenRiachs to win gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018, bottled at 46%, non-chill filtered and of natural colour. The expression will join the core collection of BenRiach, which distills three malt whisky styles - unpeated, peated and triple distilled - and holds some of the most experimental casks in Speyside.
Notes from Master BlenderRachel Barrie: The BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Yearsuses three-way sherry wood maturation, a creative approach where each facet is combined in harmony to deliver a rich and balanced taste. The result - a multi-layered Single Malt Scotch Whisky with notes of fruit cocktail, lilting spices, honeyed caramel and chocolate sweetness - an enrichment of BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style.
Nose:Sherry cask maturation at its most fruity and luscious. Baked fruit salad with fig, pear, apricot and glacé cherry in mandarin syrup. Honey glazed flan with crème-caramel and toasted vanilla pod add to the multi-layered sweetness.
Taste:A rich fruit cocktail of honeyed fig, baked pineapple and sultana fuse with chocolate fondant and muscovado sugar, lifted by mandarin cream, ground nutmeg and vanilla.
Finish:Savour nectarine, candied grape and star anise, lingering into the dessert-like sherried finish.
Glendronach 12YO DESCRIPTION:
A 12 year old from the Highlands distillery, Glendronach, a very heavily sherried single malt.
Nose:Rich cereals, struck match, raisin, cinnamon, caramelised sugar. Opens with some sweeter PX and lots of delicious raw ginger before becoming creamier with hazelnuts.
Palate:Fruits, peels, buttery. Pain au chocolat, a little marmalade on toast before becoming firmer and nuttier with spiced raisins.
Finish:Smoky toffee and nut brittle.
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