Benriach 1990 / 18 Year Old

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Benriach 1990 / 18 Year Old
70cl / 55.7%
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speciality Drinks Ltd
Our previous bottling of Benriach picked up a Silver Medal at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2008, and this one, although slightly younger, shares a lot of the same qualities and has a bit more fire in its belly. A tremendous dram.
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CountryScotlandRegionSpeysideBottlerSpeciality Drinks LtdBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesSingle Malts of ScotlandAge18 Year OldVintage1990Bottling DateOct 2008Cask Number138100Chill FilteredNoNo of Bottles194
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Tim F

N: Honey initially, with wet turf in the background.  Some orangey citrus notes developing, with the fruit becoming more exotic with aeration.  A pleasant earthiness, and some blackberry, apple and briar aromas emerge later.  A silky malt presence throughout.  Eventually some creamy chocolatey notes appear.  Extremely promising.

P: As with the nose, sweetness first - then a big surge of peat.  Immensely powerful presence in the mouth, with bonfire smoke, honey and a lot of pepper and hot spices jostling for attention.  A real maelstrom of flavours.

F: Long, long, lingering warmth, with the smoke alternating between coal and wood, and the spices rattling along nineteen-to-the-dozen on a bed of sweet malt.

C:  You can probably tell that I like this one a lot.  An epic dram.  It really beggars belief that Seagram managed to make such an arse of this distillery at a time when it was producing such tremendous spirit.  Thank God for the more enlightened new owners and management.  If they're sitting on a bunch of casks like this we are all in for a treat, and BenRiach will be re-established in the pantheon of the very best Speyside distilleries.

Customer Reviews:(1 review)
We tried this during last nights tasting. It was much less peaty and smoky than the tasting notes by Tim F suggests. Almost no peat and smoke at all actually. A bit of a dissappointment I must say, allthough it's still a nice enough malt.
- Robert van Hal, Malmo, Sweden, 17th Apr '09
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