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Benriach Brings ‘The Sixteen’ Back To Its Scotch Portfolio

Speyside Scotch maker Benriach recently announced the addition of ‘The Sixteen’ to its portfolio, what they are calling the “missing piece” to their line-up of single malts.

A statement from Benriach notes that The Sixteen was initially retired from the portfolio in 2016, and now the expression returns with a reformulated recipe.

The whisky is intended to bridge the gap between the 12 and 21-year-old single malts in the core lineup.

Benriach The Sixteen
Speyside Scotch maker Benriach recently announced the addition of ‘The Sixteen’ to its portfolio, what they are calling the “missing piece” to their line-up of single malts. (image via Brown-Forman)

The distiller’s notes explain that The Sixteen matures in three casks for at least 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels, sherry and virgin oak casks.

Benriach has a history of distilling peated and triple distilled whisky, and the whisky maker has a large, eclectic cask inventory sourced from around the world.

The full Benriach portfolio was crafted by Master Blender Rachel Barrie and her team.

This three-cask matured spirit was one of Benriach’s most decorated single malts, winning awards such as Best Speyside Single Malt at the World Whisky Awards in 2015.

“The return of Benriach The Sixteen is a very special moment for the distillery as it is one of our most treasured expressions,” said Master Blender Barrie.

“Our signature Speyside style blossoms at 10 years old, finding depth and richer layers of orchard fruit character as it turns 16,” she added. “Our core flavor components of fruit, malt, and oak become more concentrated, enriched with age at 16 years old, bringing layers of stone fruit, smooth creamy malt, wild honey, and nutty oak spice.”

The distiller’s notes show that the bronze colored whisky has aromas of baked apple and creamy hazelnut malt with overtones of ginger-spiced apricot and honey. On the palate, it has tastes of spiced stewed apple, stone fruit, and mellow nutty oak, with honeyed malt and candied peel.

Benriach The Sixteen clocks in at 43% ABV and is now available for a suggested retail price of $115 from select retailers.

For more information, check out www.benriachdistillery.com.

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Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been at the helm of metro newspapers, magazines, and television news programs as well as a radio host and marketing manager. He is a writer/editor/photographer/designer by trade, with more than 30 years experience in the publishing and marketing field. Gary enjoys working to build something great, whether that be a novel project, a start-up, an organization, a fresh-face to the journalistic world, or even something as simple as a short story. A native Texan and a Pacific Northwest convert, he is a whiskey enthusiast who cut his teeth on it ... literally!

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