Halò Single Malt Mates,
Here is another example of a distillery maturing whisky in a exotic cask with a limited production of bottles.
BenRiach 22 year old Moscatel
22 Year Old Moscatel Finish 46% 70cl
Producer Benriach Distillery Co Ltd
Age 22 Year Old
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
This is a wonderfully rich Benriach that has been finished off in Moscatel casks. The age and maturation combine to create a wonderful marmalade, fruits and honey flavour, topped of with spices and a depth of leather and oak. It is a limited edition of 5927 bottles.
Staff Tasting Notes
Nose: A complex nose of leather, beeswax and linseed oil. There is a slight sweetness, similar to mincemeat and berry jam.
Palate: Dark chocolate orange at first, with burnt toffee and marmalade following up. Rich tea biscuits appear with a slight pepperiness after a while.
Finish: The orange character persists to the end, which arrives fairly abruptly.
Comments: An excellent opportunity to try a more unusual cask finish, with Benriach’s spirit providing a fantastic canvas on which to fully experience the complexity it brings.
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: A full, sumptuous nose consisting of dark orange marmalade, rich fig syrup and sweet dates. A dusting of cocoa and cinnamon followed by a gentle a hint of garden mint adds a luxurious character.
Palate: Rich, velvety dark chocolate fondant topped with glazed maraschino cherries develops to plum cordial and spiced honey. The long finish is rounded with a gentle, earthy balance of nutmeg, stewed barley and old vintage leather.
Finish: A rich body laden with dark Mediterranean fruits and a complementary balance of warm spices and delicate oak characters.
I loes moscatels. I think this expression should be great. Pure dead brilliant as the Scots would say!
I say try it you might like it.
“Whisky, drink divine!
Why should drivelers bore us
With the praise of wine
While we’ve thee before us?”
“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”
May you aye ha’e a copper to spare,
And a pinch o’ guide sneeshin’ to share!
And what is the best thing o’ a’ –
A freend at yet beck an’ yer ca’
Slainte mhor agad