Whisky Review: BenRiach 10 Years Old 2007 Cask #8737
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: BenRiach distillery
- Bottling: Brown-Forman, BenRiach Single Cask Series Batch 15
- ABV: 58.9%
- Cost: £75
What they say
BenRiach holds some of the most experimental casks in Speyside, making it uniquely placed to offer a multi-faceted range of casks in both unpeated and Highland peated styles. Each year, Master Blender Rachel Barrie selects a number of distinct casks which celebrate the distillery’s creative distilling and maturation heritage. Batch 15 includes 17 casks: 11 unpeated and 6 Highland peated – an eclectic mix including port pipes, moscatel hogsheads, sauternes barriques, rum barrels and virgin oak. Each bottle is filled exclusively from one of these individual casks.
Official tasting notes:
- Colour: Golden peach.
- Nose: Almond and brandy cake served with luscious poached peaches, icing sugar and cappuccino cream.
- Taste: Peach and apple brandy develop mid-palate into sweet candy floss grape, leaving cocoa into the smooth, memorable finish.
What I say
From BenRiach’s Batch 15 of their single cask series, this was distilled at Benriach distillery in 2007 and matured in an ex-Moscatel Hogshead for 10 years before bottling at Cask Strength of 59.7% ABV.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Amber gold (8/20), slow-forming, fine tears leave ultra-fine legs.
- Nose: Almond milk and peach blossom, Pears soap, honeycomb and beeswax candles, caffe-latte toffee or fudge, vanilla and butterscotch, doughy bread or brioche and an almond milk latte – perhaps?
- Taste: Medium-bodied. Fruity and woody, apple, pear, peach all caramelised – like toffee apples, a slightly sharp bite hints more of fresh citrus juice, acidic green grapes, blood oranges and lime and maybe a little mango all with fresh stem ginger, sweet throughout with milky and malty ovaltine and toffee.
- Finish: Medium, sweet butterscotch, creamy coffee, vanilla halted by oak wood.
Another delicious example of BenRiach pairing with sweet wine maturation. This one seems a little more varied, with floral, waxy and coffee notes adding to the extra fruitiness the wine cask brings to the spirit. A little less sweet and more woody than the Sauternes (Cask #5807) matured expression.
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