A single cask from Scotland's BenRiach distillery, chosen by and bottled exclusively for The Oak Barrel in 2020.
The latest exclusive whisky bottled by The Oak Barrel - and the second from the BenRiach family following the GlenDronach single cask in 2015, this was initially intended to be a star of the 2020 Sydney Whisky Fair, but will launch instead as part of Sydney Whisky Forum 2020 – the virtual replacement for the year’s event.
Distilled 3 May 2005 and bottled early 2020 as a 14-year-old, cask #1868 was a rum cask of Jamaican origin. The cask attracted some particularly thirsty angels and experienced significant angels’ share during those 14 years – in the end it yielded just 102 bottles at cask strength 55%.
A cask selection over a year in the planning, it's a whisky that embraces and celebrates what we love about the distillery.
Tasting notes by The Oak Barrel team:
Nose: Inviting and muti-dimensional from the off, creamy with an almost milk chocolate nose. Wood varnish, fresh wet oak, mandarin, clementine, dried apricot, musty wood, coconut, milk chocolate bar.
Palate: Vanilla, chewy, cardamom, zest – development of what we enjoyed on the nose.
Finish: Lingering vanillas on the entry pushing into a dry spice, popping candy. A little herbal as well maybe?
Comment: This is why we love BenRiach. A distillery unconstrained by consumer expectation and who are not only experimenting into the future but who already have warehouses full of barrels they’ve been experimenting with for decades. BenRiach can be – and is – whatever it wants to be and that was certainly the case with this, we had no idea what to expect from this sample. In the line-up of cask samples we tried there were certainly more ‘classic’ expressions, but this was by far the most fun. The complex, evolving flavours – and the joyousness of the experience – kept us coming back to cask #1868.
Tasting notes by BenRiach:
Colour: Pale copper.
Nose: Tropical fruit, sugarcane, lime, melon.
Taste: Dried fruit, custard, fresh honeycomb and underripe melon.
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