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BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 Review


15th March 2018
Review of the BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2.

BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2Following on from the first release of the BenRiach Cask Strength this time last year the Speyside distillery has released BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2.

BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 has been created using just a small selection of casks which were distilled in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and were hand-picked by BenRiach distillery Master Blender Rachel Barrie to create this second batch.

Rachel selected a combination of three types of casks, bourbon barrels, Oloroso sherry casks and virgin oak hogsheads which BenRiach tell me has produced a richer and smoother taste profile than its predecessor, the BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1.

Non chill-filtered and natural colour the BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 has been bottled at 60.6.% ABV, it is a limited release and will be available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt while stocks last.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Enticing sweet coconut and vanilla tablet, a lovely touch of fruit - orange and red apple, some timid oak spice and a little grassiness hiding in the background.

Taste: Juicy sweet barley, coconut coated sugar almond closely followed by delicious vibrant oak spice, honey and vanilla, slightly candied lemon, cinnamon and ginger also join the party.

Finish: A lovely long finish with sweet barley sugar, vanilla, just a hint of red liquorice, a little oak spice.

Comment: Outstanding, I loved it, delicious from nose to finish, BenRiach at its purest, a truly classic expression from the Speyside distillery.

SMW Score 92/100

You can find the BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 available from specialist online whisky shops  such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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