Another cask from the lovely gang at JewMalt, this time a Benriach. Who doesn’t like one. I was not really aware it was a peated cask, until i sniffed the bottle, and boy, there was no dispute. This is some nice Peated stuff. I like those!
This cask bottling, distilled in June 1995, spent 17 years maturing in a second fill ex-bourbon barrel. It was bottled last summer at 53.2% ABV. Cask #2522 yielded 225 bottles
Nose: Peat reek with some tar , which gives way to fruit after the initial heavy aromas are lessened. Apple, banana peel. Vanilla.
Palate: Massive peat avalanche with pepper. Starting sweeter then getting dry and more woody with accentuated pepper. On the second wave we get back to the fruity notes : apples and hints of banana.
Finish : Lots of smoke. Dry peat. Pepper.
This one is an excellent example of peated Benriach. Lovely cask, and great balance and interplay between the fruit and the peat and smoke, with lovely spiciness of pepper. I really like this one, and IMHO it’s the best single cask by SCN so far. 1 point more than the Kilchoman i reviewed late December. I am told it was a hit on the whisky fest NY where it was first showcased, and no wonder it was. keep up the good work guys!
Official sample provided by Single Cask Nation