Whisky Focus - BenRiach 21 Year Old Four Oak Casks Review

BenRiach 21 Year Old Four Oak Casks Review

11th December 2017
BenRiach release a new 21 year old expression which is a creative combination of four different types of oak cask.

BenRiach 21 Year Old Four Cask MaturedBenRiach 21 Year Old Four Oak Casks is a rather unconventional release from the Speyside distillery in that it is a combination of four types of cask: bourbon barrels, virgin oak, Pedro Ximenez and red wine casks.

The four types of cask that makes up the unpeated BenRiach 21 Year Old Four Oak Casks were selected and creatively blended together by the BenRiach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie with the intention of creating a multi-faceted single malt with each cask contributing its own unique notes to the whisky.

Rachel Barrie commented on the new release, saying: "At BenRiach we have developed a reputation for innovative maturation using an eclectic mix of cask types. BenRiach 21 year old is the next step on this innovative journey, bringing together four eclectic casks in one single malt: bourbon barrels at its core enriched by virgin American oak, Pedro Ximenez and red wine casks.

"This new unpeated expression is likely to both surprise and delight, as it opens with fresh summer fruit compote, soft vanilla and vibrant candied peel, developing into tangy red fruits, barley sugar and the warmth of chocolate ginger. I look forward to sharing this enigmatic malt with all intrigued to discover more."

This unpeated single malt is the first of two BenRiach expressions to be released at 21 years old, the other, its richly peated partner, is scheduled for release in early 2018.

The BenRiach 21 Year Old Four Oak Casks is now available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

BenRiach 21 Year Old Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A deliciously sweet nose, a touch of vanilla and a lovely gentle fruit cocktail of candied orange, pear and lemon. A wee touch of cinnamon hiding in the background.

Taste: The fruit cocktail from the nose arrives in a more tangy zesty form, honey sweet with slightly sharp edged barley.

Finish: The honey and barley dissolves leaving a nice touch of ginger lingering for a while, a little drying oak spice and slightly bitter chocolate.

Comment: I loved the delicious nose on this and the four different oak woods are certainly each making a contribution.

SMW Score 88/100

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