Benriach Distillery, located in Scotland’s Speyside region, has revealed a distinctive flavor-forward portfolio of Single Malts and a new look inspired by the distillery’s creative heritage. Four unpeated and peated expressions of the core range arrive on US shelves in October displaying the diversity and versatility of Benriach’s orchard fruit-laden style: The Original Ten, The Original Twelve, The Smoky Ten and The Smoky Twelve.
Inspired by the 1994 bottling of the Original Ten with its fruit-laden complexity and smooth, rounded taste, the new range re-imagines the 1898 origins of Benriach, brought to life in the 21st century through fusing distilling styles with extraordinary casks. It also features a new recipe for Benriach’s sherried 12 year-old whisky, including port and bourbon casks married for complexity.
The extraordinarily sweet smoky whisky distilled in the distillery’s smoke season features in the new Smoky Ten and Smoky Twelve expressions. Both have their own flavor palate, created by selecting and maturing in bespoke oak casks, interwoven with Benriach’s hallmark sweet smoke.
The updated packaging is reminiscent of the very first Benriach single malt released over two decades ago, with the portfolio color palette taking inspiration from Speyside’s natural environment in which the distillery sits.
A premium selection of Twenty One, Twenty Five and Thirty Year Old Single Malts will debut on U.S. shores in 2021 and bring an extremely rare opportunity to discover the integration of flavor resulting from decades of maturation. Benriach is also expected to unveil its first official visitor center to the public later this year, allowing visitors from around the world to explore this Speyside whisky.
GSN’s Thoughts: We appreciated the opportunity to try the unsmoked and smoked versions of the 10 and 12 year old. It truly shows the effect of peat smoke on the final product. We like the smooth, sweetness of the unsmoked versions as a pre-dinner beverage, and the smoked version at the end of the meal. A way to bookend the experience of a scotch pairing dinner. Overall, the 10 and 12 year olds are very similar in terms of flavor profile, with the 12s having just a touch more depth and cask character. Classic flavors that are a joy to imbibe.
GSN Rating: A-
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