BenRiach Solstice 2nd Edition 17 Year

Peated Single Malt

BenRiach // Speyside, Scotland

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  1. Ketilskau

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    70.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Nate-Cho

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  3. Generously_Paul

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Review transfer from Barreled from January 2017. This Benriach is the second edition of their heavily peated tawny port finished limited releases, replacing the 15 year first edition. It weighs in at 50% ABV, is non chill filtered and a natural color of amber bronze. Big earthy peat on the nose. This is not to be confused with Islay peat, which is briny, medicinal, and tarry. This is more vegetal. Think forest vs sea side. Huge fruity notes. Red berries and dark stone fruits like plums. If you can let this sit long enough for the peat to fade there are lovely notes of sweet BBQ, oak, sweet red wines, and new leather. Very complex and I could nose it all day. The palate was much more intense than I expected, but at 50% ABV I should have been ready for it. Slightly hot and spicy at first but it does settle down nicely. BBQ pulled pork/chicken, grilled fruits. Big peat smoke, but also wood smoke like smoldering mesquite or hickory chips, and of course oak. The mouthfeel is a bit hot at first, but only briefly. Oily and intense. Mouthwatering initially but turns slightly dry. The finish is medium long with more sweet BBQ and peaty goodness. I wish I would have known about this whisky when it hit the market. I would have bought 2 bottles in a heartbeat. It's a real shame that something this good is a limited release. These port finished scotches are quickly becoming my drink of choice, and it really seems to lend itself well to peated scotches, more so than non peated ones. If you happen to see a bottle somewhere, just take out your wallet, pay for it, and thank yourself later. 5 stars and a big thanks to @LeeEvolved Cheers Addendum: I did find a bottle and I am saving it for a special occasion. It’s a real beauty
  4. Kknobbs

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  5. behemoth26rus

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  6. MajorHop

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    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  7. Mostro20

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    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  8. TheWhiskyAgent

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    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  9. jtampio

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    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  10. astronautvishal

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    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
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