BenRiach Sauternes Finish 16 Year
BenRiach // Speyside, Scotland
Release in very limited quantities, this non-peated BenRiach is aged initially in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred to ex-Sauternes casks for 30 months. The Sauternes in question is from the famed Château d’Yquem, one of the world's most esteemed estates. This dessert wine has flavors of apricot, honey, and peach and is made with white grapes that have developed a "noble rot". This fungus causes the grapes to raisin and provides a distinct flavor in the wine.
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.
Cask Typeex-bourbon, ex-Sauternes
"The aroma is definitely on the sweet side with brown sugar, golden raisins, and apricots. As you taste the whisky, you'll find floral honey and wood spices. Some that are used to other Sauternes finished whiskies might even want a bit more sweetness, but there is a nice restraint shown here. The whisky doesn't feel like the dessert wine is covering up any flaws."