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BenRiach Peated Cask Strength Batch 1 Review

28th March 2017
Review of the new BenRiach Peated Cask Strength Batch 1

The BenRiach fans amongst you will recall that this time last year The BenRiach launched Batch 1 of BenRiach’s Cask Strength well today the distillery announced the launch of Batch 1 of a new BenRiach Peated Cask Strength expression to pair with its classic Cask Strength offering.

The new BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1 is bottled at 56% ABV, natural colour and non chill filtered, BenRiach say it offers notes of campfire smoke and toasted oak balanced perfectly with BenRiach’s signature orchard fruit and barley notes.

Global Brand Ambassador Stewart Buchanan commented: "Our new Peated Cask Strength Batch 1 is an exciting first for the distillery. Made with heavily peated malted barley to produce a unique, smoky expression, it also captures the Speyside character of BenRiach.

"Luscious and smooth, the peat is beautifully balanced with our delicious Speyside notes, and this whisky is a wonderful addition to any malt collectors’ portfolio."

BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1 will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  Vanilla tablet, buttery, mild pear, some lovely gentle wisps of earthy peat and pepper.

Taste: A caramel infusion and a little pear accompanies the delicious mouth coating sugary sweet smoke.

Finish: Long, more caramel, sweet, peppery, a little dark coffee, lingering and slightly drying gentle earthy peat and oak spice.

Comment: Youngish and deliciously fun, many of the best peaty drams are best served young and for a good reason, it works and it certainly works here. Not even a touch of roughness even at cask strength. With the warmer weather approaching ( I hope, I am in Scotland so no guarantee ) I would say this would be a great choice as a peaty summer dram.

SMW Score 90/100

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