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BenRiach 1997 Cask No. 4437 20 Year Old Review


22nd June 2018
Review of the BenRiach 1997 Cask No. 4437 20 Year Old.

BenRiach 1997 Cask No. 4437 20 Year OldThe BenRiach 1997 Cask No. 4437 20 Year Old is one of 17 new limited edition whiskies in Batch 15 of BenRiach's popular Single Cask series of whiskies.

Distilled on 25th November 1997 and fully matured for 20 years in a Marsala Hogshead Cask it was selected by BenRiach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie as part of this latest batch of single cask releases.

Non chill-filtered and natural colour this Marsala cask matured whisky was bottled at 54.8% ABV, it is a limited release of 414 bottles and will be available from specialist whisky shops as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt while stocks last.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Delicate sweet barley sugared orange, a touch of candied apple, a hint of zesty spice.

Taste: A deliciously sweet candied summer fruit salad with orange being the dominant fruit, a little creamy vanilla and mature oak spice add to the pleasure.

Finish: The finish is simply the deliciously fresh summer fruit salad from the palate slowly fading away to leave a little slightly drying oak spice.

Comment: We don't see many whiskies fully matured in a Marsala cask, the Marsala wine cask is more often used to finish a whisky, so it is more than a little rare to find a whisky which has been fully matured for 20 years in a Marsala wine cask.

There are generally two types of Marsala wine, sweet and dry and after tasting it I think I can say that this has been a sweet Marsala wine cask. It is fresh and vibrant and the sweet candied fruit is simply delicious. If you are after a sweet fruity easy drinking whisky to sit back and enjoy on a summers evening then you cant go wrong with this.

SMW Score 91/100

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