Review: BenRiach 20 Years Old
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: BenRiach Distillery
What they say:
This smooth single malt has an elegant full taste and aroma that captures fruity, floral, spicy notes, with fascinating overtones of honey, vanilla, apples, chocolate and nuts.
Spicy, nutty, honey, vanilla, floral, fruity with well balanced wood overtones.
Mid-amber, hints of gold.
Rounded medium to full bodied, rich honey, vanilla with hints of apples, spice, chocolate and nuts.
What I say:
The official 20 Years Old bottling from the BenRiach Distillery, strangely rather affordable considering the current climate of overpricing any well aged whisky. This whisky is the oldest expression in their Flagship range which also contains their Heart of Speyside NAS, 10, 12 and 16 year old expressions.
Russet dark copper (12/20), thick heavy tears drop slowly
Antique polished oak wood furniture makes its presence felt immediately, followed by plump raisin and fig notes, cinnamon spice add to the fruitcake mixture or Christmas pudding, further dried fruits such as dates imply malty fruit dumpling, rich dark chocolate, toffee and nutty walnuts
Rich fruit cake, molasses, cocoa and coffee, walnut, prunes, dark cherries (cerise noir), dates, pecan, maple syrup and polished oak wood all vie over a malty, sweet honey and toffee backbone
Medium-long, fruity and nutty chocolate and cocoa dusting
A simply stunning expression, made all the better thanks to the sensible pricing. This really is a well constructed dram redolent of the festive period and Christmas-time. A Dessert of a dram.
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