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Tasting The BenRiach 17 ‘Septendecim’

29 February 2012 Written by:

The latest peated expression from the Benriach is called Septendecim (17 in Latin), and follows the BenRiach tendency to apply Lating names to it’s peated line of malts such as the  Authenticus, Curiositas and the Fumosus family. Who says good peated whiskies only comes from Islay? In the past we’ve seen it’s not the case with the BenRiach 21.

The BenRiach Septendecim, 17 yo, 46% ,NCF, natural color , £47


Nose: Sweet peat, cured bacon marinated in sweet BBQ sauce. Fennel, old library books, spices and leather all come together.
Palate: Rich thick peat , tar, smoke getting sweater with barley notes, spices – cinnamon and nutmeg.
Finish: Long smoky bacon and wood smoke, some fruit too.

This is a lovely peated speysider, and if you are looking to expand on your peated whiskies collection and try something smoky and peaty not coming from Islay, this is a good place to start. The price is right too, and 46% is a good start (NCF, and original color).

A good one from the BenRiach.

Score : 86/100


  • Mark H said:

    Sounds quite decent Gal! I particularly like the “Sweet peat, cured bacon marinated in sweet BBQ sauce.” description. Smoky bacon in liquid form? I’m in! :)

  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael) said:

    It is. I really like the peaty Benriachs (10,21) also the finished ones. stay tuned as i post my notes later this week about the 17 year old Sostice, peated and port pipe finished.mmmm a good one. at 50% ABV!

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