Archive BENRIACH 50 years old 1966 - 60th anniversary LMDW

BENRIACH 50 years old 1966 - 60th anniversary LMDW 54,3%

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 51772

The Benriachs of the sixties and seventies have become legendary among connoisseurs. Their exotic fruitiness, fresh expression and creamy mouthfeel remain engraved in the memories of those who have been lucky enough to taste them. Expressing all the ingredients with great flair that have, over time, forged the inimitable and unmistakable style of this Speyside single malt, this version bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for La Maison du Whisky proudly remains unbowed with the passing years. Magical and magnificent.

Profile: complex, full-bodied. Precious wood, spices (cinnamon). Maturity. Notes of vanilla, chocolate and camphor. Floral (carnation) and beeswax. The palate is exotic (mango), medicinal (balm), floral, fruity and spicy. The finish is candied (pear). White and red currants.

Single Cask no. 606 – remade hogshead first fill
Limited edition of 87 bottles
Exclusive to LMDW

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : golden yellow with glints of burnished gold.
  • Nose : full-bodied, complex. Precious wood and spices (black pepper, cinnamon) appear first on this very mature and very accomplished aromatic palette. Then notes of vanilla, chocolate and camphor take centre stage. As it breathes, heady florals (lily, carnation, iris) and juniper berries reinforce its warm character. With great finesse, a fine layer of beeswax gradually coats the taste buds.
  • Palate : rich, elegant. The mouth is literally flooded with a multitude of fruit, carefully hidden in the heart of the aromatic palette. They are characterised by exoticism (passion fruit, persimmon, mango), classicism (pear, Mirabelle plum) and freshness (yellow melon, fig). The invigorating mid-palate is delightfully medicinal (camphor, balsam). Delicately chocolatey and resinous (pine, oak), the back palate oscillates between captivating scents of lily, cocoa beans, dried fruit and nuts (apricot, walnut) and spices (cardamom, candied ginger).
  • Overall : long, smooth. As if the passing of time has had no effect, this whisky boasts a remarkably youthful maturity, and retains a wonderfully fresh expression. Beeswax and spices (turmeric, saffron) mingle with candied pears and Mirabelle plums, as well as white currants. Underscored by a mouthwatering fruitiness, this time offering apricots and redcurrants, the retro-nasal olfaction is also vanilla-scented and creamy. Once empty, the glass is divinely floral (geranium, peony) and has a noble woodiness.
The brand
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The brand

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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Merchant

This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

The Book of Kells is a range by Scottish whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail, which brings together its best whiskies and, since the 1970s, has generally been reserved for exclusive bottlings for a few long-standing customers, such as LMDW. The label of each bottle features a reproduction of an illumination from the famous 8th century manuscript, the Book of Kells. The illumination shows two people, ‘the Dram Takers”, sharing a glass. Hence the reason why the range is often referred to as the Dram Takers.

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