Benriach 2004 10 Year (10th Anniversary Bottling)
BenRiach // Speyside, Scotland
With fortune once dependent upon the close-by Longmore distillery, Benriach has changed hands many times over the years, being bought and sold roughly 4 times, now owned by South African company Infra Trading. Under this new ownership however, their fortunes have changed with a slew of bottlings being released since that time. Benriach enjoys not only a release of typical Speyside whiskies, but also rum and sherry casks maturation along with peated malts. The 10th anniversary bottling was released in honor of the Infra Trading takeover anniversary, with little over 1000 bottlings being released.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"Sweet apples open with a sugary appeal that quickly turns into toffee apples. There is less of an interest in vanilla and more of an interest in sweetness. From there we see a small influence of spicy ginger peeking around the corner. On the palate, however, we see soft sweet spices come to fruition, with pears and apples dropping in as soft sweet treats. Savory malt makes up the back end mixing with pineapple before finishing sweet and tart with apples and lemon dropping by towards the end. "