Taking a short break from unicorn milk and Special Release whiskies we mostly can not afford, for a much more accessible BenRiach. This is quite a new release, replacing the 15 year old
Matured in American bourbon barrels, and finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks sourced from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Spain. As winter is approaching and it’s getting colder, PX finishes and such are the whiskies I’m reaching out for, and XMAS is THE time for a good old PX cask whisky, right?
Nose: very nice meaty of sherry stands out,on first sniff. Rich, thick and sweet with Xmas cake, raisins, plum and date. Some chcolate and almonds.
Palate : lovely and luscious dried fruit, trackle and more fruit cake, chocolate and cigar leaf. Earth, some smoke and wood with spices, Pepper and more deep oaky note, ginger.
Finish : earthy notes. Coffee grounds, cinnamon, oak and cigar boxes.
it’s a yummy whisky, not overly sweet, but it’s got plenty of PX goodness, fruit, dried fruit and chocolate with a classy touch of cigar leaves/boxes. for under 70 quid, it’s a no brainer really, in today’s whisky climate. Grab a bottle (available at the Whisky Exchange for £66.95) . It’s very enjoyable.