The latest release from BenRiach is this 25 year old expression, “a rare and balanced marriage of unpeated single malt Scotch whisky aged in a range of oak casks, including remade American oak Bourbon hogsheads and French Burgundy barriques.” Note that this is a new release and is quite different from the old BenRiach Authenticus 25 Years Old whisky — which is a peated expression.
The new BenRiach 25 is expressive and evocative, with clear sherry notes on the nose leading the way toward a more austere aromatic profile that reminds one of old leather chairs, stacked firewood, and a mix of mild baking spice. The palate is quite effusive, rich and honey-sweet with loads of citrus peel and oil. The palate builds from that kickoff, with a clear chocolate note on the back end plus notes of cherry pits and almonds. Lightly woody but far from overpowering, it’s a delight that’s hard to put down, crafted using enough sherry oak to brighten things up, but not so much as to wash away all the nuance. Pick some up!