Scotch By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / September 22, 2020 The Benriach Distillery is associated with a whisky making heritage that dates back from 1898 when founder John Duff built it. Benriach stands on the site of the old Riach farm in the north Speyside region of Scotland, drawing water from a mineral-rich aquifer deep beneath it. Owned by Brown-Forman, the distilling team here has done a revamping of the core whisky portfolio. What’s described as Benriach’s new core portfolio, according to those behind it, includes two new bottlings “inspired by brand origins” and refreshed packaging for all four. These include The Original Ten, The Original Twelve, The Smoky Ten and The Smoky Twelve, with all said to represent “the diversity and versatility of Benriach’s orchard fruit-laden style.” The revamped Benriach core portfolio for 2020 (image via Brown-Forman) “The new range perfectly marries tradition and innovation that is central to Benriach’s story,” said Rachel Barrie, Benriach Master Blender, in a prepared statement. “In the new Original Ten, a savory, rounded malt character might be discerned, whilst The Twelve balances richly sherried malt with added layers of fruit complexity, reaching a pinnacle at 12 years old. The new Smoky Ten and Smoky Twelve explore the sweet smokiness of Benriach, enriched through innovative combinations of rum, virgin oak and Marsala cask mingled with more traditional bourbon and sherry. “The new 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.” You’ll find official information on each below, including tasting notes. Plans call for all four to hit store shelves in October, sporting updated packaging that is, noted the brand, “reminiscent of the very first Benriach single malt released over two decades ago, with the portfolio color palette taking inspiration from Speyside’s natural environment in which the distillery sits.” The Original Ten Three cask matured: Bourbon, Sherry, Virgin Oak 43% ABV around $54 per 750 ml bottle Tasting Notes: Color: Summer Gold Nose: Rich orchard fruit, honey and toasted oak Palate: Ripe pear, nectarine and malt sweetness Finish: Almond and spiced vanilla Smoke: Trace The Smoky Ten Three cask matured: Bourbon, Jamaican Rum, Toasted Virgin Oak 46% ABV around $60 per 750 ml bottle Tasting Notes Color: Bright gold Nose: Ripe orchard fruit syrup, smoked honey glaze and oak spice Palate: Smoked applewood, honey maple and spiced pear Finish: Lingering fruit and smoked oak Smoke: High The Original Twelve Three cask matured: Sherry, Bourbon, Port 46% ABV around $60 per 750 ml bottle Tasting Notes Color: Golden bronze Nose: Maple honey, cocoa and baked forest fruit Palate: Maraschino cherry, baked orange and hazelnut Finish: Lingering raisins and spiced mocha Smoke: None The Smoky Twelve Three cask matured: Bourbon, Sherry, Marsala Wine 46% ABV around $65 per 750 ml bottle Tasting Notes Color: Burnished gold Nose: Smoked vanilla, charred orange and toasted almond Palate: Dark chocolate, fruit peel, brown sugar and smoked oak Finish: Cocoa and orange smoke Smoke: High Get The Macallan® Rare Cask at ReserveBar. Shop now!