This is the 10 year old peated Benriach that forms the base of their peated range. I have tried many of their peated expressions, but until now I have not had the chance to try this expression and really see what the naked peated spirit is all about.
Aged 10 years. 46%ABV. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Classic peated highland profile. Woodsmoke. That farmy note I love on Laphroaig and Kilchoman minus the medicinal smells. Dry grass. Wintergreen. Peppermint. Shoe polish. Nutty wood. Milk caramels. Vanilla. Hint of tropical fruit.
Palate: Oh dear. There’s a big plasticy note here that kind of just takes over. Bit of charred wood and dry grass, some bitter citrus, but that plastic note just keeps coming through.
Finish: Medium. Grass smoke and more plastic.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was very sad. I love Benriach, and the nose on this was so nice. But that plastic note was just terrible and overpowered everything on the palate and finish. Definitely won’t write off the distillery, but I’ll keep my distance from this one.