Benriach have launched three packs of miniatures just in time to enjoy while ceilidhing on speed, toasting at a Burns supper, or sitting by the fire.
The expressions have been produced by Dr Rachel Barrie, also known as the first lady of Scotch whisky, to encapsulate the complete spectrum of whisky flavour making them great for novices in addition as whisky fans.
Known for its long-standing tradition of distilling typical, peated and triple distilled whisky and a great eclectic cask inventory sourced from around the world, the portfolio has been artistically crafted by Rachel and her team.
Displaying the varied and versatility of Benriach’s orchard fruit-filled style, this range spans the complete spectrum of whisky flavour.
Rachel said: ‘Inspired by the 1994 bottling of the Original Ten, with its fruit-filled complexity and smooth, rounded taste, the new range re-imagines the 1898 origins of Benriach, brought to life in the 21st century by fusing distilling styles with extraordinary casks.
‘In the new Original Ten, a more richly flavoured, rounded malt character might be discerned, whilst The Twelve balances richly sherried malt with additional layers of fruit complexity, reaching a highest point at twelve years old.
‘The new Smoky Ten and Smoky Twelve analyze the sweet smokiness of Benriach, enriched by inventive combinations of rum, virgin oak and marsala casks interwoven with more traditional bourbon and sherry.
‘The Benriach range is for those open to new possibilities, building on a wealth of experience and tradition. I invite the drinker to join me on this creative journey, as we analyze the high rewards of Single Malt whisky.’
These packs characterize Benriach – The Original Ten and The Smokey Ten, for £10; Benriach – The Twelve and The Smokey Twelve for £12; and Benriach – The Original Ten, The Smokey Ten and The Twelve, for £16.
The Original Ten encapsulates the identifying characteristics smooth and multilayered character of Benriach. Three cask matured for at the minimum ten years in bourbon barrels, sherry casks and virgin oak, to create layers of luscious orchard fruit, luxurious honeyed malt and toasted oak, all interwoven with a subtle trace of smoke. The perfect introduction to the identifying characteristics style and richly layered Speyside Single Malt.
The Smoky Ten is distilled using malted barley smoked with Highland peat. This wood high Highland peat imparts distinctly sweet and smoky notes into Benriach peated whiskies. Enriched with three cask maturation using bourbon barrels, toasted virgin oak and Jamaican rum casks for layers of sunripe fruit, aromatic smoky sweetness and toasted oak spice. The Smoky Ten is an ideal introduction for explorers wanting to try a different style of peated whisky to the more traditional Islay malts.
The Twelve is a high and smooth expression of Benriach Single Malt. Matured in a sherry high profile with the addition of bourbon and port casks, this intriguing malt has layers of baked fruit, maple honey sweetness and lingering oak spice.
The Smoky Twelve is the perfect marriage of fruit, malt, oak and high layers of smoke. Three cask matured in an unconventional mix of bourbon, sherry and Marsala this creamy and smooth single malt is multi-layered with flavours of ripened fruit, aromatic smoky sweetness and warming oak spice.
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