BenRiach 17, Peated, Bourbon Cask - ARCHIVED

This cask bottling, distilled in June 1995, spent seventeen years maturing in a second fill ex-bourbon barrel.  It was bottled at cask strength in July of 2012 at 53.2% ABV.  Cask #2522 yielded 225 bottles.

Our tasting notes are as follows:

Color: Canola oil

Nose: A tale of two noses -- early sweet peat reek and ripe fruits (bananas, maraschino cherries) with vanilla and then later dirty peat (screeching tires), smoke from charred sticks, underlying Tabasco sauce and unripe fruits (bananas, apples) with white tea and white pepper

Palate: An oily texture delivers soft and supple bananas foster and barbecued apricots before drying to reveal construction sites (heavy machinery, diesel, engine oil, and wet cement), thick smoke, dirty peat and charred oak

Finish: Moderate to long with high cocoa content dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, and freshly cracked black pepper

On the label: Opens on sweet peat and ripe fruits such as bananas and cherries before unearthing dirty peat, charred oak, and even a touch of hot sauce

Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from the town of Elgin in the Speyside whisky region, BenRiach distillery was built in 1898.  Owned by The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd since 2004 the distillery employs a rare four wash system when steeping the mash (soaking the barley to extract the sugars, which are fermentable).  Known for their peated spirit as much as their unpeated, we're very pleased to offer this older single cask of peated BenRiach.

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