BenRiach Releases Latest Batch of Single Cask Bottlings - 3rd August, 2012
BenRiach has today, 3 August, released the latest batch, its ninth, of single cask bottlings.
It comprises in total some three thousand bottles from ten outstanding casks. Bottled in July, all are available as of today.
Ranging from 22 to 35 years, the release demonstrates the range of multi-layered expressions for which BenRiach is renowned. As would be expected from BenRiach, there is tremendous variety across the ten casks - including "classic Speyside", peated expressions and various wood finishes (Pedro Ximenez, Tawny Port, Sauternes and Rioja).
Incidentally, Jim Murray was especially complimentary about the delicate influence of BenRiach’s PX sherry wood finishes. In his 2012 Whisky Bible, he says of the 15 year-old: “This is one of the world whisky noses of the year: absolute perfection.”
All ten casks have been hand-selected by BenRiach’s Managing Director Billy Walker.
He said: “Getting the wood right can be expensive but it’s one of the things I’m most proud of since we took over BenRiach.”
And what an amazing range Batch Nine has. Billy’s tasting notes convey a seductive mélange of styles ranging from “waves of damsons, plums and raisins” to “sweet honey with vanilla”, “buttered toast” and “a beautiful combination of peat reek, dates and dark chocolate”.
The cask details from BenRiach are as follows:
1976 cask # 5317 / 35 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 54.1% vol. / approx 204 bottles
1976 cask # 6967 / 35 years old / Classic Speyside / 59.0% vol. / approx 339 bottles
1976 cask # 8804 / 35 years old / Peated / 54.9%vol. / approx 232 bottles
1977 cask # 2593 / 34 years old / Sauternes Finish / 44.2% vol. / approx 278 bottles
1977 cask # 2588 / 34 years old / Rioja Finish / 44.1% vol. / approx 280 bottles
1983 cask # 291 / 29 years old / Classic Speyside / 43.1% vol / approx 264 bottles
1984 cask # 1052 / 27 years old / Peated, Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 50.7% vol / approx 258 bottles
1984 cask # 4050 / 27 years old / Peated, Tawny Port Finish / 52.2% vol / approx 283 bottles
1985 cask # 7190 / 26 years / Peated, Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 48.7% vol / approx 211 bottles
1990 cask # 2596 / 22 years / Tawny Port Finish / 53.4% vol / approx 624 bottles
Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page over the coming weeks for more information on these new releases, tasting notes and exclusive product photography.
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