BenRiach Adds Cask Strength Peated Scotch to its Line Up

About a year ago, Scotland’s BenRiach distillery  debuted a new cask strength, non-age statement version of its single malt. This release was well received by the industry, garnering a silver award at the 2016 IWSC competition. They are now back with another cask strength offering, this time focused on a peated counterpart clocking in at 56% ABV, or 112 proof.

The new BenRiach Peated Cask Strength, according to the distillery, is another non-age statement expression which is both of natural color and non-chill filtered. It was matured in a combination of ex-Oloroso sherry casks and bourbon barrels, and the first batch of it is set to price around £62, or close to $80 USD. You’ll find official tasting notes for it below at the end of this article.

“Our new Peated Cask Strength Batch 1 is an exciting first for the distillery,” said Stewart Buchanan, Global Brand Ambassador for The BenRiach Distillery Co, in a prepared statement. “Made with heavily peated malted barley to produce a unique, smoky expression, it also captures the Speyside character of BenRiach. Luscious and smooth, the peat is beautifully balanced with our delicious Speyside notes, and this whisky is a wonderful addition to any malt collectors’ portfolio.”

BenRiach Peated Cask Strength

Color – Bright summer gold.

Nose – Butterscotch drizzled over campfire-roasted apples, combined perfectly with crisp white pepper. A gentle, earthy oak character adds to the subtly peated back note.

Appearance – A warm, toasted oak sweetness, combines with toffee apples and ripe nectarines. A sweet heather smoke slowly builds, leaving a lingering peat note, alongside Scottish tablet and rich stewed barley.

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Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.

  • emell

    Sherried, peated, and cask strength? Looks good on paper.