BenRiach The Smoky Ten

BenRiach Distillery is located in the region Speyside in Scotland.

BenRiach The Smoky Ten is part of their core range. It is bottled at 46 ABV. Here is what they say about it:

In the early 1970s, Benriach broke convention in Speyside by returning to distilling batches of whisky in the old, 19th century style, using malted barley smoked with Highland peat. This wood rich Highland peat imparts distinctly sweet and smoky notes into Benriach peated whiskies. Benriach The Smoky Ten has been crafted from a combination of unpeated and peated spirit and three cask matured for at least ten years in a combination of bourbon barrels, Jamaican rum casks and toasted virgin oak. The whisky is then expertly married together to create sublimely smooth layers of sunripe fruit, aromatic smoke and toasted oak spice, lingering into the perfectly balanced sweet and smoky finish.

It is available in Norway at NOK 639,90.

Warm, soft peat on the nose. Woody. It smells like leaves on the forrest floor, heated by the sun. Lots of vanilla! Vanilla sugar, actually. Synthetic candy. Lemon and eucalyptus. The smokiness disappears after spending a while in the glass. Soft and warm peat on the palate. Fruit caramel candy and pineapple. A hint of something metallic. The smoke is nicely integrated. Sophisticated. The smoke almost disappears on the finish. It is fruity and salty. I still get the taste of the fruit caramel candy.

My score: nose 22 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 22 = 87


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