Review: BenRiach 21 Years Old (2020)

Review: BenRiach 21 Years Old (2020)

BenRiach’s latest is a complex Speyside single malt, matured for 21 years in a combination of four casks: bourbon, virgin oak, Pedro Ximenez sherry, and red wine casks.

It’s quite a delight, kicking off on the nose with baking spice, nougat, and coconut, filtered through a lightly smoldering note of barrel char and toasted spices. The palate is quite complex and exotic, as you might expect, starting off with a touch of coffee bean and almond before some more savory notes come to the fore. Lemongrass, some earthy greenery, and a light note of furniture polish give the whisky a kick, but the finish returns to its sweeter side, with caramel and vanilla in focus. On the fade-out a whiff of smoky, charred wood lingers in the nostrils.

It’s altogether quite delightful and highly worth exploring in depth.

92 proof.

A- / $175 /

BenRiach 21 Years Old (2020)




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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