We’ve posted tasting notes on expressions form the Benriach distillery but over the summer they went through a bit of a rebranding, which also included a change the core range. Known for its long-standing tradition of distilling classic, peated and triple distilled whisky and a vast eclectic cask inventory sourced from around the world, the portfolio has been artistically crafted by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie and her team. Displaying the diversity and versatility of Benriach’s orchard fruit-laden style, this new range spans the full spectrum of whisky flavour.
This year, the Speyside Distillery, has launched its latest single cask bottlings, Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2022. Continuing Benriach’s creative legacy, each of the nine expressions have been drawn from single casks, each chosen by Master Blender Rachel Barrie to offer a rare and unique insight into the versatility of Benriach cask styles.
Limited to a few hundred bottles per cask, each Cask Edition is bottled at cask strength, its most natural and non-diluted form, providing an unadulterated glimpse into the spirit of Benriach Distillery. Age statements range on Cask Edition Collection 2022 from 12 year old to 27 year old.
Master Blender, Dr Rachel Barrie, said:
“Our ‘sleeping beauties’, as we often call our maturing casks, continue to be sourced from all over the world, enabling us to creatively explore the full flavour possibilities of Speyside Single Malt.
“Each individual Benriach cask tells its own story of classic or peated spirit matured in specially selected oak over years and through seasons, a journey of flavour captured at a unique moment in time, never to be repeated in quite the same way again.
“From the Marsala Wine Hogshead bringing out the sweetness of clementine, apricot and cherry blossom, to the Pedro Ximénez Puncheon with intense heather honey, butterscotch and sultana, each selected cask allows the drinker to explore a distinctive aspect of Benriach’s fruit-laden style.”
The cask allocation for the European, USA & APAC market will be: US 10297 (23yo Marsala Cask), 3812 (12yo Pedro Ximénez Puncheon) & 15058 (1993 28yo Oloroso Puncheon). APAC 2458 (24yo Oloroso Puncheon), 1858 (24yo Pedro Ximénez Puncheon), 3603 (23yo Barolo Wine Hogshead) & 14491 (24yo Bourbon Barrel). Europe 7776 (24yo Rum Barrel), 2059 (27yo Oloroso Puncheon) & 7423 (24yo Virgin Oak).
Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2022 is available to purchase from specialist retailers in select markets globally from March 2022. Prices range from RRP £103 to £531, depending on age and cask type. Global markets may vary. For more information on this latest Cask Edition release, visit benriachdistillert.com