Review: BenRiach 25 Years Old (2019)

Review: BenRiach 25 Years Old (2019)

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!

93.6 proof.


BenRiach 25 Years Old (2019)




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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