BenRiach

BenRiach 20 Years Old ~ 43% (BenRiach)

Review: BenRiach 20 Years Old

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: BenRiach Distillery

Bottling: Official

ABV: 43%

Cost: £61.33 from Master of Malt

BenRiach 20 Years Old

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.

TASTING NOTES

NOSE

Spicy, nutty, honey, vanilla, floral, fruity with well balanced wood overtones.

COLOUR

Mid-amber, hints of gold.

TASTE

Rounded medium to full bodied, rich honey, vanilla with hints of apples, spice, chocolate and nuts.

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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.

Colour:

Russet dark copper (12/20), thick heavy tears drop slowly

Nose:

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

Taste:

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

Finish:

Medium-long, fruity and nutty chocolate and cocoa dusting

Overall:

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.

Score: 90/100

Don’t take my word for it:

TOModera’s Whisky Reviews Benriach 20

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