Benriach Malting Season - First Edition
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Nose: Bramley apples, gooseberries, cucumber water, poached pears, honeydew melon, lemon curd, damp grass, sugared almonds, barley sugar, vanilla fudge, buttered popcorn, cinnamon sticks, wood spice, teasing tannins and the wispiest wisps of smoke.
Palate: Spiced baked apples, lemon marmalade, granary toast smeared with butter and honey, pear frangipane tart, vanilla Chantilly cream, dried apricots, bourbon steeped sultanas, aniseed twists, sugared almonds, wood spice and a good glug of green tea.
Finish: A glorious long highlights package of all the sweet treats - healthy and otherwise, that delighted both the nose and palate, balanced beautifully with a finishing dry, vinous tease.
Summary: All in all, this is another belter of a Benriach. The first release in a new annual series which celebrates the distillery’s traditional production methods, and the first expression in a century to be produced entirely using barley malted from the Speyside based distillery's floor maltings. Very much looking forward to the follow up in 2022!