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BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1 Tasting notes and reviews

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BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1

Brand
BenRiach
Expression
Cask Strength Batch 1
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
57.20%
Produced at
Benriach Distillery
Region
Speyside
Website
www.benriachdistillery.co.uk
Availability
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Chris Goodrum

83
Nose
Tight and herbal with malt, barley, straw and dunnage. Mature with toasty, fragrant oak, lime, greengage, gooseberry and rye-like herbs. Water brings out the oak and citrus.
Palate
Softer and more open with apricots in light syrup, malt, straw and rye-like herbs. Well integrated and keeps the oak in check. Water flattens as it emphasises the oils.
Finish
Neat, it's a little masked, but herbal with sweet American oak.
Comment
Neat the alcohol is well contained until the finish. Great nose.

Joel Harrison

85
Nose
Butter cream and ginger with hints of brandy snaps and some vanilla. There are hints of oak spice which are much greater with a dash of water.
Palate
Oak spices provide a bed for vanilla, raspberry and white chocolate. There are hints of fresh lily, cut grass and chamois leather, which add spices to the mix.
Finish
Cherry jam, some more white chocolate and freeze dried strawberries. Fruity and smooth.
Comment
A curious dram; better with water but it loses some of its pre-diluted appeal.
Whisky Magazine Issue 138

Whisky Magazine Issue 138
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Published September 2016.

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