BenRiach

BenRiach 25 Years Old 1992 Cask #979 (53.9%, OB, Batch 15, Port HH, 275 Bottles, 2018)

Whisky Review: BenRiach 25 Years Old 1992 Cask #979

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: BenRiach distillery
  • Bottling: Brown-Forman, BenRiach Single Cask Series Batch 15
  • ABV: 53.9%
  • Cost: £sold out

Cask 979 Bottle Infront

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: Tawny brown with gold highlights.
  • Nose: Honeysuckle and rosehip tea with traces of camomile, orange blossom and cocoa leaf.
  • Taste: Nectarine, lemon peel and yellow plum drying out to lingering rooibos, burdock and caraway.

What I say

From BenRiach’s Batch 15 of their single cask series, this was distilled at Benriach distillery in 1992 and matured in an ex-Port Hogshead for 25 years before bottling at Cask Strength of 53.9% ABV.

Thanks to Spey: Progressive Communications and The BenRiach distillery for the official sample.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Old Bordeaux (14/20), Medium tears and long fine legs.
  • Nose: Blackcurrant and black cherry, a little classic blackcurrant and apple, elicits memories of mixed fruit drinks of my youth such as Vimto and Ribena, there’s something musty and dusty lurking in here, dunnage warehouse, cherry chewing tobacco and dark chocolate or cocoa powder.
  • Taste: Fruity red and dark berries, herbal and earthy, elderberry cordial or wine, blackberry, bramble jam, tannic wood adds dark chocolate leading to Black Forest gateaux, Russian tarragon, aniseed or a hint of liqourice root too with a sprinkle of cracked black peppercorns.
  • Finish: Long, rich dark berries and tannic oak wood.

Overall

A delicious old port expression that is full of dark berry fruits and earthy, herbal and tannic wood. There is plenty of “port” sweetness here but it is all behind the powerful flavours at play. Delightful.

Score 90/100

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