Category: BenRiach

BenRiach 18 Years Old Albariza (46%, OB, 2015)

Delicious, reasonably sherried and peated but balanced beautifully, this is along similar lines to the Ardbeg Uigeadail but where that expression was feisty, youthful and punchy this one sits itself back in a big leather armchair and smiles at you with the reassurance of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. There is a depth here to everything, the sherry, the peat, the spices, even the fruitiness and yet fresh and light flavours are still swirling around in this mix just waiting to reveal themselves for a moment before you lose them again in the milieu. A definite thinkers dram -one to sip whilst reading a gripping book. 92/100

BenRiach 17 Years Old Solstice 2nd Edition (50%, OB, 2012)

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Doesn’t disappoint, this is hugely complex and interesting. The nose reveals fruity elements of the port finish that are indistinguishable in the palate from other elements. This tastes like it has been carefully hand-selected and mixed to a recipe and the result is like the perfect Christmas mince pie. Perhaps taking flavours you wouldn’t expect to work together and then blowing you away with how splendidly they combine. The more I drink the more it reveals. Thank You BenRiach! 91/100

BenRiach 12 Years Old Arumaticus Fumosus (46%, OB, Dark Rum Finish, 1,240 Bottles, 2007)

Despite its limited release, I would definitely buy this if I can get my hands on a bottle. Due to the masking or minimal peat influence on the palate in this dram this is the perfect whisky for introducing peat gently to non-peat lovers [or people with the pre-conception that they don’t like peated whisky]. Over and above that this whisky has a lot going on with some really strong and stringent flavour elements but it is beautifully packaged together within the dram to make it an extremely experience to drink. The perfect Rumsky. 83/100