11th December 2017
release a new 21 year old expression
which is a creative combination of four
different types of oak cask.
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
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
This unpeated single malt is the first
of two BenRiach expressions to be
released at 21 years old, the other, its
peated partner, is scheduled for release
in early 2018.
The BenRiach 21 Year Old Four Oak Casks
is now available
online whisky shops such as
BenRiach 21 Year Old Review
Morrison's Tasting Notes:
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 fruit cocktail from the nose arrives
in a more tangy zesty form, honey sweet
with slightly sharp edged barley.
The honey and barley dissolves leaving a
nice touch of ginger lingering for a
while, a little drying oak spice and
slightly bitter chocolate.
I loved the delicious nose on this and the four
different oak woods are certainly each
making a contribution.
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