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Benriach Debuts The Forty In The U.S.

Scotland’s Benriach Distillery is expanding its whisky portfolio in the U.S. with The Forty, a new expression designed to honor the Speyside distillery’s historically diverse methods of distillation and cask curation.

A statement from Benriach noted that in the 1970s, when the Speyside region was known for crafting unpeated whiskies, Benriach made the unconventional choice to distill small batches of highly peated spirit.

They still do so today.

Benriach The 40
Scotland’s Benriach Distillery is expanding its whisky portfolio in the U.S. with The Forty, a new expression designed to honor the Speyside distillery’s historically diverse methods of distillation and cask curation. (image via Benriach)

And drawing on this experience, Master Blender Rachel Barrie combined some of their rare peated casks to create The Forty, one of the oldest peated malts ever to be released from a Speyside distillery.

It’s noted that The Forty was only available once before, in October of 2022, as part of a luxury bespoke non-fungible token (NFT) on Blockbar.com.

This is the first time whisky enthusiasts will be able to purchase physical bottles in stores.

Barrie’s tasting notes show the deep bronze colored whisky to have aromas of sweet orange, plum and honey pomelo laced with dark chocolate coated berries layered on smooth walnut and cherry liqueur.

On the palate, The Forty offers tastes of orchard fruits with morello cherry, soft nectarine, stewed red apple and white peach, lingering into a walnut and kumquat finish.

“Fine bourbon casks have gradually developed exquisite notes of honeyed pomelo and lush orchard fruits to create Benriach The Forty,” Barrie said. “Over the decades of maturation, the smoky character of peated Benriach spirit refines and mellows, transforming into ripe fruit sweetness.”

Benriach The Forty clocks in at 43.5% ABV and will be available as a limited release in specialist retailers in select markets across the U.S. for a suggested price of $4,500.

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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