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BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (57.2%)

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BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1 (57.2%)

It has pretty much become de rigueur for distilleries to have a (usually NAS) youngish cask strength offering. GlenDronach’s excellent sherried cask strength went into five batches before a comparable offering was made from BenRiach. This makes sense, as the distillery obviously wanted to use whisky distilled under the new owners, as nowhere does the distillery…

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The Final (and best) BenRiach Fumosus – the Port Finished Importanticus

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The Final (and best) BenRiach Fumosus – the Port Finished Importanticus

I found this expression to be the best of the quatret. It might just be my sweet tooth, but the tawny port finish works rather well with this spirit. Mind you, it’s not the Solstice, but it’s a solid expression. BenRiach 12 Importanticus Fumosus, Tawny Port Finish (46% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Bronze, quick and thin legs….

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The Third BenRiach Fumosus – Pedro Ximénez Finish Whisky Tasting Notes

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The Third BenRiach Fumosus – Pedro Ximénez Finish Whisky Tasting Notes

Day three of the Fumosus series brings us to the PX finished Heredotus Fumosus. As opposed to the first two expression (the dark rum and the Madeira), the PX is a nice expression, second only to the port finished Importanticus Fumosus which will be reviewed tomorrow. BenRiach 12 Heredotus Fumosus, Pedro Ximénez Finish (46% ABV,…

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So You Like Madeira? Whisky Tasting Notes for the BenRiach Maderensis Fumosus

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So You Like Madeira? Whisky Tasting Notes for the BenRiach Maderensis Fumosus

The only 13 year old in the bunch is the Madeira finished Maderensis Fumosus, presumably because it needed a longer time in the finishing. I’ll be short in my general comments today and get right to the tasting notes: BenRiach 13 Maderensis Fumosus, Madeira Finish (46% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Light gold, thin and quick legs….

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BenRiach 12 Arumaticus Fumosus Dark Rum Finish – Whisky Tasting Notes

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BenRiach 12 Arumaticus Fumosus Dark Rum Finish – Whisky Tasting Notes

My good friend Manny sent me a few BenRiachs from his native Austria, and I looked froward with anticipation to tasting them. Four of them were the four 12-13 year old peated finish expressions, all bottled at 46%. I have had the 17 year old Solstice, which is outstanding. So I know the BenRiach peated…

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The Many Finishes of BenRiach – Tawny Port 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

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The Many Finishes of BenRiach – Tawny Port 15 Whisky Tasting Notes

BenRiach came back to life just over a decade ago, after being mothballed by Pernod Ricard following Seagram’s colossal implosion in 2001. Billy Walker bought the distillery in 2004 backed by South African business people Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter. The distillery sells about 60% of it’s annual production to Chivas Bros. for their blends. Currently,…

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