Infrequent Flyers Benriach 2011 10-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Infrequent Flyers

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A 10-year-old single cask from the Benriach distillery, bottled by Infrequent Flyers as release #64.

This was distilled in 2011 and bottled 2021 as a 10-year-old.

Finished in virgin oak barrel #2311, which yielded 272 bottles at 58.8%

 

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Vanilla, toffee and almonds, with a hint of spice.

Palate: Honeycomb, Lyle's golden syrup and a touch of Demerara sugar. Soft caramel chews, with cloves and cracked black pepper.

 

Infrequent Flyers is part of the Alistair Walker Whisky Company, which was established in 2018. Walker, son of Billy Walker (GlenDronach/BenRiach-now-GlenAllachie), has over two decades of working around Scotch whisky in various capacities.

The name Infrequent Flyers refers to the cask selection process and Alistair’s penchant for discovering and introducing excellent single casks from distilleries not often experienced as single malts. These includes malts earmarked for blended and sometimes owned by bigger companies who have not released them regularly or consistently to the market.

 

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.

 

 

 

Group:
Whisky
Type:
Whisky
Style:
Single Malt
Country:
Scotland
Region:
Speyside
Producer:
Benriach
Size:
700ml
ABV:
58.8%
Age:
10
Vintage:
2011