Benriach 2010 10-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez Puncheon #2740 (Selected by Barrel & Batch)


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This cask strength Benriach, selected by our friends at Barrel & Batch, comes from a single Pedro Ximénez cask, and is an outstanding expression from the distillery. Bringing both a vibrant nose jam packed with dried fruit sherry notes, and a creamy, viscous mouthfeel, this whisky is a wonderful expression of both the distillery and the barrel type, without being overpowering. Honeyed apples and strawberry cream candy coat the tongue and only melt away long after the whisky is gone. A sensational Speyside PX dram, best paired with the Akasha Big Bold Ben Barleywine.

Official Tasting Notes:

Nose: Cherry cake, red apple and toasted oak with crème-brûlée, black walnut and chocolate.

Palate: Spiced apple drenched in golden syrup, with chocolate, almond and lingering blood orange


Barrel & Batch is an Australia whisky co-op that sources single cask and rare whiskies from all over the country including Scotland, American and Australia. The limited release whiskies are offered to members of the co-op, but here at The Oak Barrel we’re lucky enough to get our hands on a small number of the odd release.

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 Brown-Forman and 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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