Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Brown Forman
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: www.benriachdistillery.com
I’m returning to this little-known Speyside distillery, which apparently doesn’t attract much interest even among our readers, but we don’t care and drink anyway (also because, what would you do, throw away the samples?).
The production of any whisky, even the cheapest or least known ones, requires considerable time and effort, and for this reason every bottle deserves attention, also because the lesser known labels can reveal little gems.
Median ageing in BenRiach’s portfolio, made from malted floor barley as boasted on the label, but unfortunately with added colouring and chillfiltration.
The nose is very smooth, with a caressing waxy note on a classic bouquet of peach, ripe banana, apple, custard, cinnamon, honey. Malt biscuits and a slight impression of leather. Pleasant.
Begins with a sprinkle of pepper and ginger, rather elusive, which introduces a fairly light and fruity palate (also of apples and apricots) with notes of nuts, lemon, honey drop, malt, cinnamon. There’s an underlying herbaceous streak, which emerges especially on the length. Simple and not very persistent.
The finish is dry and not very long with spicy touches, of malt, dried fruit, lemon.
The aromas on the nose are very promising and elegant, but they are not supported by the dram, which isn’t very incisive and lacks interest. A pleasant, undemanding dram that doesn’t leave a mark.