BenRiach 1998 17 Year Old PX Finish TWE Exclusive (Cask 7758)

After the lovely Glendronach exclusive I’ve reviewed yesterday, comes the bottle from the “sister” distillery of BenRiach (they we released together), this one is 17 years old, a Tripe distilled whisky  and was only finished in PX, rather than aged in it for the entire length of maturation. Actually I’ve bought a bottle if this one (even before I tasted it, it looked nice..) and I am very glad I did. I love it.

BenRiach 1998 17 Year Old PX Finish TWE Exclusive (Cask 7758) , 48.9% , £99BR_TWE

Nose:  lovely sherry influence with a nutty edge , as well as wood spices such as cinnamon and orange peel, cardamom and mocha, almonds and marzipan. Getting fragrant and Perfumed with time, some sultana and balsamic but not a lot of PX influence. Which is nice, as you’re not masking the spirit, but enhancing it.

Palate: Sweet and spicy. With rich chocolate fondant , sultana and a touch of clove and cigar leaf , espresso and red fruit jam but not over sweet. Some white pepper and even candied ginger, ripe oranges and chocolate covered orange peel.

Finish: Dark chocolate raisin and mocha. Spices and cigar leaves.

Bottom line:

This is a delicious complex and lovely dram, the PX finish did enhance it, but is not overpowering, and what you get is a multi faceted Benriach with a lot to discover whenever you drink it. Highly recommended.

Still available at the TWE for £99.95, go get one if you’re a fan. I am.

Score: 90/100

 

Official sample provided by TWE.

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