A richly sumptuous single malt, interwoven with mellow smoke and a masterful curation of oak. Crafted from a combination of unpeated and peated spirit and four cask matured for at least twenty five years in sherry casks, bourbon barrels, virgin oak casks and Madeira Island wine casks. During long maturation Benriach’s sweet Speyside smoke mellows and integrates with the fruit, malt and oak.
After twenty-five years, rich layering develops into caramelised smoke, further enhanced through multi-layered cask maturation. The whisky from each cask type, imbued with particular flavour characteristics, is then expertly married together to create a sumptuous single malt, layered with baked fruit, honey malt and toasted oak spice with a long, rich, caramelised smoke finish. All in perfect balance.
"Jaffa cake in a glass! Think Stewed apricots, dates and figs spread on a buttery biscuit and covered with milk chocolate. A bit of sweet almond/marzipan adds to the richness, though the tartness of the fruit plays off the toasted oakiness in the back palate. The overall effect is rich and soothing to sip." - Amanda Schuster, Distiller
COLOUR: Deep amber
NOSE: Smoked apricot, dark cherry chocolate, hazelnut toffee
PALATE: Baked fruit, toasted oak spice, orange and cinnamon spice, finishing with rich caramelised smoke
SMOKE LEVEL: Mellow