BenRiach Distillery has today (August 19, 2016) released Batch 13 of its renowned single cask bottlings.
It comprises twelve superb casks that were bottled in June and all are available as of today. The twelve go from 40 to 16 years old, demonstrating a hugely eclectic range of expressions for which multi award-winning BenRiach is renowned worldwide.
The variety sets BenRiach’s single cask series apart, including whiskies in the classic Speyside style, peated expressions and wood finishes, such as Tawny Port, Burgundy, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Claret, Madeira and Tokaj.
Individually hand-numbered, non chill filtered, bottled at natural colour and presented in a gift tube, each single cask is truly unique.
All twelve casks have been hand-selected by Master Distiller, Billy Walker, who described them as “truly sensational” and added:
“Our much-anticipated batches allow us to identify very special casks in our inventory and every single cask bottling is an exclusive limited release. I have selected these twelve casks because they are outstanding and full of personality.”
Amongst them are some real highlights but the standout is the oldest from 1975. Cask 7028, at 53% vol, is a gleaming rich amber peated Sherry Butt. On the nose, it bursts with tropical fruits and ripe banana with the most distant hint of campfire embers while the taste is of plum skins, dark raisins and hints of yellow pear which hold a robust peat reek. Rich vintage leather and old oaky characters add a classic aged depth.
The cask details are as follows:
1975 cask # 7028 / 40 years old / Sherry Butt / Peated / 53% vol.
1976 cask # 5462 / 39 years old / Port Hogshead / Peated Tawny Port Finish / 53.8% vol.
1977 cask # 3111 / 38 years old / Port Hogshead / Tawny Port Finish / 43.1%vol.
1978 cask # 3114 / 37 years old / Port Hogshead / Tawny Port Finish / 48.8% vol.
1986 cask # 3183 / 30 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Hogshead / Peated Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 55.6% vol.
1986 cask # 7569 / 29 years old / Oloroso Sherry Butt / Peated Oloroso Sherry Finish / 51% vol.
1991 cask # 6896 / 24 years old / Burgundy Barrel / Burgundy Finish / 50.6% vol.
1993 cask # 7937 / 22 years old / Claret Hogshead / Claret Finish / 54.3% vol.
1994 cask # 4004 / 22 years old / Tokaj Hogshead / Peated Tokaj Finish / 55.1% vol.
1995 cask # 5959 / 20 years old / Madeira Hogshead / Madeira Finish / 53.9% vol.
1998 cask # 6401 / 18 years old / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / Triple Distilled Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish / 57.3% vol.
1999 cask # 5043 / 16 years old / Oloroso Sherry Puncheon / Oloroso Sherry Finish / 56.4% vol.
All twelve will soon be available at retailers worldwide.