In a nutshell: A subtly peated, richly flavoured, cask strength Speyside single malt matured in ex-oloroso sherry and ex-bourbon casks.
The lowdown: This peated expression from Benriach's Speyside distillery is matured in a combination of oloroso sherry casks and bourbon barrels. This is batch 1 of the series and is non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength. Intensely flavourfilled, it's quite warming and toasty with hints of caramel sweetness and baked apples overlain with a subtle heather smokiness.
Founded at the end of the nineteenth century this Speyside distillery is a little to the south of Elgin, Morayshire.
Throughout its early life it had a somewhat chequered history before, under new ownership, the 1960s saw something of a resurgence. Following further changes of ownership it was mothballed by Seagrams prior to being purchased by a South African company Infra Trading in 2004.
It's since this time Benriach has built the reputation that has earned it high regard among many aficionados and while it has again undergone a further change of ownership - this time for a considerable amount of money - to the American Brown-Forman group of Louisville Kentucky it's prospects continue to look very healthy.
It's one of only two Speyside distilleries to have their own maltings.