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Benriach Launches Third Edition Of Malt Season Whisky

Speyside distillery Benriach recently announced the third annual bottling of Malting Season. This single malt is handcrafted using entirely malted barley from the distillery’s historic floor maltings.

Benriach is one of only eight distilleries in Scotland that continues to practice this century-old tradition that requires the delicate hand of Benriach’s team of dedicated craftspeople.

The Third Edition of Malting Season is crafted from concerto barley, chosen by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie. The floor malted spirit slowly matures in virgin oak and first-fill bourbon casks giving a natural cask-imparted golden barley color.

Benriach Malting Season Third Edition
Speyside distillery Benriach recently announced the third annual bottling of Malting Season. This single malt is handcrafted using entirely malted barley from the distillery’s historic floor maltings. (image via Benriach)

“Every year during ‘Maltings Season’ our team hand malt select barley onsite. This historic process pays tribute to our founder, John Duff, and the slow craft of his historic maltings which we continue to this day in the pursuit of exceptional flavor,” said Stewart Buchanan, Global Brand Ambassador at Benriach, in a prepared statement. “Each new addition of Malting Season uses carefully chosen barley types and individual bottling strengths, making each annual edition one of a kind in its own right.

Benriach Malting Season Third Edition is available in limited quantities in select markets. For more information on all Benriach expressions, visit http://www.benriachdistillery.com.

More official information, including tasting notes, is below.

Malting Season Third Edition

  • 48.3% ABV, $165 SRP (700ml)
  • Color: Golden barley
  • Nose: Freshly harvested barley and orchard fruit meld with wild bergamot, pear, and meadowsweet honey layered on gently kilned malt
  • Palate: Smooth creamy malt carries a burst of clementine, floral honey, and gentle barley spice finishing with apricot, malted almond, and traces of wild cherry
  • Barley Variety: Concerto

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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