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Aged in a bourbon cask (no. 10318), Benriach 1985 is a peaty, spicy single malt. On the nose it presents notes of stewed apples, peat and a mix of blackberries and barley. On the palate, the vanilla and summer fruits exalt and accompany a hint of cinnamon. The peat is further asserted on the long-lasting finish. Bottled at 49%, non-chill filtered.
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Rather unjustly, Benriach was, until just a few years ago, relatively unknown, but it hasn’t ceased to make up for lost time. Indeed, this distillery has, for many decades, had a huge amount to offer and has proven this time and time again since being bought in 2004. Its warehouses are bursting with all sorts of sherry butts (Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez, etc.), new American oak casks, ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads dating back to the 1960s, as well as casks previously used for wine, rum, madeira, port and even Rioja! This Speyside single malt is entirely worthy of the interest it has garnered from master blenders since its creation. Find out more
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