Benriach Brings Forward A Trio Of Ultra Premium Scotch Single Malts

By Hannah Kanik / March 2, 2021

Deep in Scotland’s Speyside region sits Benriach Distillery — a brand that prides itself on having what’s described as a distinctive flavor-forward portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies. Keeping in this theme it recently launched three new ultra-premium offerings that are coming available now.

The three new expressions were matured over decades and feature 21, 25 and 30 year old bottlings. They were matured in a diverse selection of highly distinctive oak casks and combined with what’s said to be complex layers of smoke, with each aged expression having been “meticulously composed for aromatic effect, richness and deep mellow maturity.”

Benriach 21, 25 and 30 year old

Benriach 21, 25 and 30 year old (image via Benriach)

“It’s a real honor to be able to offer our fans an opportunity to experience the diversity and versatility of Benriach’s orchard fruit-laden style, elevated by a longer maturation time,” said Rachel Barrie, Benriach Master Blender, in a prepared statement. “These older expressions are a beautiful reflection of the landscape around the distillery with intriguing, luxurious layers of flavor imparted by the eclectic casks sourced from around the world.

“The refreshed Benriach range is for those open to new possibilities, building on a wealth of experience and tradition. I invite the drinker to join me on this creative journey, as we explore the lush rewards of single malt whisky.”

The company had a redesign of its core expressions last September, and these new offerings are a continuation of that. You’ll find more official information, including tasting notes, on each below.

The Twenty One was matured in four casks: Bourbon, Sherry, Virgin Oak and Red Wine. 46% ABV. Suggested retail price is $199.99 per 750-ml. bottle

Tasting notes:

  • Nose: Berry fruit, orchard apple, wild honey and mountain oak spice
  • Palate: Candied grape, rich cocoa, smoked pine nut
  • Finish:  Caramelized pear and honey smoke

The Twenty Five was mature in four casks: Bourbon, Sherry, Virgin Oak and Madeira Wine. 46% ABV.  Suggested retail price is $359.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

Tasting notes:

  • Nose: Smoked apricot, dark cherry chocolate, hazelnut   toffee
  • Palate: Baked fruit, toasted oak spice, orange and cinnamon spice
  • Finish: Rich caramelized smoke

The Thirty was matured in four casks: Bourbon, Sherry, Virgin Oak and Port. 46% ABV. Suggested retail price is $739.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

Tasting notes:

  • Nose: Stewed plum, baked orange, smoked walnut, and cinnamon cocoa
  • Palate: Dark fruit, manuka honey and chocolate raisin
  • Finish: Long and complex smoked honey finish