Whisky Focus - BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled Review

BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled Travel Retail Exclusive

14th May 2018
BenRiach launch their first Triple Distilled expression exclusively in global travel retail.

BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple DistilledHere is another one to look out for on your travels, BenRiach has just launched a new expression exclusively in global travel retail, the BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled.

The new Triple Distilled expression which was unveiled last week at the Speyside Festival will start appearing on shelves of selected airport shops from this month.

Traditionally almost all Scotch Whisky is distilled twice, but the folks at BenRiach have been experimenting with a third distillation since 1998, and this new expression is the result of that. They tell me that the triple distillation has given the spirit an even more fruity and zesty character.

Building on the rich cask maturation profile of BenRiach expressions, this rare triple distilled whisky from Speyside has matured for at least ten years in a combination of first fill American Bourbon barrels and first fill Pedro Ximenez Sherry Casks which have been brought together by BenRiach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie. They say the bourbon barrels have added perfectly balanced notes of vanilla and spice, while the Pedro Ximenez casks have contributed to the complexity and richness of this smoothest of Single Malt whiskies.

Announcing the debut of the BenRiach Triple Distilled whisky, Rachel Barrie commented: "Two decades ago the BenRiach distillery team started to experiment with small batches of triple distilled whisky, even when most Single Malt Scotch whiskies are distilled just twice. We continue to boldly approach the art of distillation and cask maturation, inspired by the adventurous spirit of our distillery founder.

"I have the wonderful task of bringing out this experimental nature through some of the most interesting casks in Speyside. For the unconventional whisky lovers and explorers, BenRiach Triple Distilled is a chance to enjoy an innovative style of Speyside Single Malt Scotch not once or twice, but triple distilled."

BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled is naturally coloured and bottled at 43% ABV and it joins the classic and peated BenRiach Quarter Casks in the global travel retail range from BenRiach. The range embodies the unconventional Speyside style of BenRiach and its creative heritage of distilling malt whisky in a ‘troika’ of styles: unpeated, peated and triple distilled.

If you have no plans to travel in the near future you can also find the current BenRiach domestic whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

BenRiach 10 Year Old Triple Distilled Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Creamy sweet vanilla, fresh pear, a gentle barley sugar sweetness and touch of oak spice in the background.

Taste: Light bodied, slightly tart pear and a little zesty lemon
kept in check by a little barley sugar sweetness, a lovely light touch of oak spice.

Finish: The pear lingers a little then bitters out leaving some gentle slightly drying oak.

Comment: This light bodied malt is certainly a pleasant, smooth, enjoyable, easy drinker, which is perfectly suited for dramming in the warmer weather so it is quite appropriate that you will find it at the airport when you are off to sunnier climes for your holidays .

SMW Score 82/100


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