Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Brown Forman
Average price: € 42.00
Official website: www.benriachdistillery.com
A basic expression of the Speyside distillery, its name is practically a declaration of intent as well as a sort of “Typical Geographical Indication”.
It’s therefore legitimate to expect all the gentleness and tonality of a speysider, all the more so since, being at minimum alcoholic strength, it cannot be that powerful.
It should be noted that it is, however, completely natural.
Full gold in the glass.
Delicate, herbaceous aromas accompanied by green apple, pear, almond, vanilla, orange peel and lemon on the nose. Light patina of varnish on wood as a background. Rather simple but pleasant and fresh.
The palate is decidedly light with just a hint of white pepper which soon melts and vanishes in the waves of dilution. Vanilla, yellow fruit, a touch of cinnamon, aniseed, almonds, lemon. The flavours appear in a flash and then submerge into cereals and a vague metallic note. More varnish on wood.
Medium long finish, bitterish, dried fruit, lemon, aniseed.
If the nose promised a delicate calmness, in the dram it disarranges itself and dissolves in the minimum alcohol content, without leaving much of a trace. Pity.