This is a special edition of Benriach, originally released as a 15 year old and then as a 17 year old. It’s peated and finished in port pipes, a combination I quite like. I had my eye on this for a while and I eventually bought it off a friend (thanks Yori) and kept it for when I finished moving into my new apartment, and it was worth waiting for.
Aged 17 years. 50%ABV. Finished in Tawny Port Casks. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Lovely vegetal peat. Juicy red fruits. New upholstery. Musty old books. Cooked strawberries. Mineral salts. Steam on hot rocks. Redcurrant jelly. Some winey, grapey notes. Chalk. Quince jam. Really powdery jelly donut.
Palate: Mineral peat. Charred wood. Ash. Woody nuts. Cooked red fruits. Plums. Apricots. Ruby grapefruit. Tannins. Turkish coffee. Bitter chocolate.
Finish: Long. Dry wood and red wine notes, tannins. Espresso with that little dark chocolate some coffee houses give you dissolved into it.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was an amazing dram, an excellent balance of peat and fruit which develops quite a lot in the glass. Really one of those drams you need to slowly sip away at and think about. Couldn’t think of a more fitting dram for a special occasion.