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.
Nose: Warm and sweet peat, coffee cake, cinnamon. The peat and port work well, and even better with a bit of water which brings out baked pears in wine.
Palate: Viscous in mouth, there are yellow raisins, baked apple in cinnamon, peat, nutmeg and Cadbury milk chocolate.
Linger: Peat on the tongue with some wine-y sweetness.
Of the four expressions, this one works best. Not surprising, as in general the BenRiach spirit fairs pretty well with Port.
This concludes our first series on BenRiach, and tomorrow we’ll meet Bunnahabhain’s newest expression, harking back to the turn of the 20th century….