Friday, February 17, 2017

BenRiach 20 year Single Cask (51.8%)

Distilled: 1995, Bottled:2015, Oloroso Sherry Butt, Cask #7377, 636 bottles. Bottled for Premium Spirits Belgium.

Awesome, this is peated! I didn't know when I ordered the sample.

It smells fantastic, with the "fresh asphalt"/"bonfire of rubber"/"new leather jacket" that you find in peated BenRiach, but some dry sherry notes too that round it out. It's a joy to nose.

Quite sweet upfront, really a lush sherry, and then a big blast of smoke at the end, with the peat really creeping up. This has to be peated to least 40 ppm, and probably higher, since it tastes as gnarly as Laphroaig.

If you've enjoyed the peated/sherried Ledaig indie casks that have come out in the past couple of years, you'll love this. It's a great mix of sweet and peat, and easily the equal of some of the better indie Islay sherry casks of the same age.

90 pts/A-. This tastes like the first batches of Ardbeg Uigaedail. Yes, it's that good. So, do me a favor and don't buy any, I'm planning to hoard.


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