BenRiach 12-Year-Old Sherry Wood (Bonus Miniature)

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The Oak Barrel is pleased to welcome the return of the BenRiach 12-Year-Old – now exclusively matured in sherry casks combined with an added finish of select sherry barrels.

It may seem unusual to finish a sherry-cask whisky in further sherry barrels, but Master Blender Rachel Barrie has selected a precise ration of ex-oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez casks for the job to achieve the desired flavour profile.

The result is a sherry-forward whisky that does not deny its origins. The classic creamy, fruity nature of BenRiach is still present and not overpowered by these casks. It’s exciting, delicious and refreshing to welcome such an enjoyable whisky to Australia, one that is modern in creation but classic in its style.

Landing in store April 2019, this first allocation is quite strictly limited until the second shipment many months down the track – unless we can coax some bottles out of other markets in the meantime. To celebrate its arrival, and highlight out excitement, we’re offering a bonus 50ml miniature of the GlenDronach 12-Year-Old with the first 30 bottles (our initial allocation). GlenDronach is the sister distillery of BenRiach and though somewhat similar from the outside, produce vastly different whiskies.

Putting this new sherry classic up against a longstanding one just seems like an excellent idea, so we’d like to help you achieve that with this package.

Tasting notes by The Oak Barrel:

Nose: Initial reactions leave no doubt that this has seen the inside of a sherry barrel, but there’s a malty weight that keeps the initial nose grounded and aromatic. Rustic brown sugar and day-old treacle, hints of citrus.

Palate: Rich and coating – very thankful this is at 46%, it really makes the mouthfeel. Dark berries and warm spice, gentle vanilla from the oak.

Finish: Stewed fruits, soft but at a good length. Long enough to please, soft enough to be moreish.

BenRiach is a distillery that we are lucky to enjoy in the 21st century. Built in 1887 as a sister distillery to Longmorn, it was a low-profile victim of the Pattinson Crash and closed just three years after ground was initially broken in 1900. It would take another 65 years until new owners Glenlivet would re-open the site, then to help with the malt needs of Longmorn. Although it enjoyed a sustained period of operation during those optimistic decades to come, BenRiach was largely consigned to blends and single malts very rarely seen.

The end seemed inevitable when the distillery was once again closed in 2002, deemed surplus to requirements, but the 2004 purchase by a Billy Walker-involved consortium has seen a remarkable rejuvenation for the brand. The BenRiach Distilling Company, now under expert guidance of Master Blender Rachel Barrie, has not only introduced this otherwise-overlooked distillery to single malt lovers around the world, but also painted bright futures for later acquisitions GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh.

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