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BENRIACH 17 YEAR OLD Solstice - Heavily Peated Port Finish 50%

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 16362

Marked by a port finish, this very peaty single malt wavers between shadow and light. Solstice lives up to its name, developing from smoky winter notes into fruity summer notes that recall the winter and summer solstice. To be enjoyed in a contrasting setting.

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Awards

Silver Medal, Outstanding, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013

Tasting note

  • Appearance : Orangey with glints of salmon.
  • Nose : Lively, concentrated. Two-sided. Either through its winy character (Port influenced) or through the peat and ash, there are two different paths through this spirit, both finishing on floral (lavender, violet), medicinal (sage, calendula oil) and fruity (blackberry, blueberry) notes.
  • Palate : Rather dry. Smoke and oily peat take the forefront. In the mid-palate, spices (black and pink peppercorns), dried fruit (cashew nuts, apricots) and liquorice take us into earthy flavours. Versatile, it becomes marine (smoked salmon) and exotic (pomegranate).
  • Overall : Fresh, supple. After an unexpected vegetal sequence (nettle, mint), fruits return in force. They are exotic (persimmon), red (strawberry) and thorny (gooseberry). The empty glass is oily (peanuts) and chocolatey.
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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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