Wednesday, February 8, 2012

BenRiach 15 Tawny Port Finish is a rich and tasty success

BenRiach is a wonderful story. Founded in the late 19th century it produced malts for decades that were blended into other products. Owned by Chivas Bros., Benriach labored in obscurity until it was closed in the 90s. Reopened with a new consortium, BenRiach has become innovative and interesting - producing peated Speyside malts, interesting secondary cask agings, and other creative experiments. BenRiach 15 Tawny Port wood finished was in the 2006 group of releases. It is a success. Amber gold in the glass, aroma is restrained at first - with only faint iodine showing in the nose. With extended air notes of apricot, citrus, vanilla, and wood rise up. Entry on the palate is honeyed sweet with a big mid palate expansion of oak vanilla, vinuous resin, and nutmeg. Finish is long with wood tannins producing a bitter orange or dark chocolate like sensation at the back of the throat and fading apricot spice perfume. This is rich yummy malt with a light silky mouthfeel.

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