Thanks to Yoav at Whiskygospel.com for the sample
With the success of the No Age Statement (NAS) Glendronach Cask Strength, it’s no surprise that there is now a NAS Benriach Cask strength as well. Quite a different beast to the Glendronach, the Benriach is a light, fruity Speysider, best served Bourboned, or with some other light finish.
Aged 3 years * . 57.2%ABV. No colour added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.
*for lack of age statement
Nose: Light fruits. Peaches and pears. Honey. Light wood. A light herbal, maybe grassy note. Bit of that musty bookshop smell, or maybe some sawdust.
Palate: Quite woody, a bit of a mix of sweet and bitter wood notes. Woodspice. Pepper. Herbal honey. Tropical fruits. Syrup from tinned fruit salad. Woody vanilla. Custard with cinnamon.
Finish: Long. Cinnamon with brown sugar. Hints of porridge. Marmalade.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Not bad. A bit young and the bitter notes can be a bit overpowering. But it does what it says on the box: a nice, light fruity dram but with a bit of a kick to it and all the trademark notes one expects to find in a Benriach. I found this one to be a good deal more complex and interesting than the Glendronach Cask Strength I tried.