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Benriach distillery will today launch a complete new range of their Speyside single malt. Master blender, Dr. Rachel Barrie, has created a range of whiskies that will span the full spectrum of flavour, using three styles of spirit and a huge variety of wood types sourced from all over the world.
Benriach produces classic, peated and triple distilled whisky and the new range has been specially created to showcase the diversity and versatility of the distillery’s orchard fruit-laden style.
Dr Rachel Barrie said: “The new range perfectly marries tradition and innovation that is central to Benriach’s story. Inspired by the 1994 bottling of the Original Ten, with its fruit-laden complexity and smooth, rounded taste, the new range re-imagines the 1898 origins of Benriach, brought to life in the 21st century through fusing distilling styles with extraordinary casks.
“In the new Original Ten, a more richly flavoured, rounded malt character might be discerned, whilst The Twelve balances richly sherried malt with added layers of fruit complexity, reaching a pinnacle at twelve years old. The new Smoky Ten and Smoky Twelve explore the sweet smokiness of Benriach, enriched through innovative combinations of rum, virgin oak and marsala casks interwoven with more traditional bourbon and sherry.
“The new Benriach range is for those open to new possibilities, building on a wealth of experience and tradition. I invite the drinker to join me on this creative journey, as we explore the rich rewards of Single Malt whisky.”
In addition to the Original Ten, the core range will feature a new recipe for Benriach’s richly sherried Twelve Year Old whisky, including port and bourbon casks interwoven for seamless smooth complexity.
The smoky whisky produced in the distillery’s smoke season features in the new Smoky Ten and Smoky Twelve Year Old.
A premium selection of Twenty One, Twenty Five and Thirty Year Old single malts brings a rare opportunity to sample the integration of flavour that can only result from decades of maturation. Matured in a diverse range of casks and interwoven with refined and mellow smoke, each expression has been composed for aromatic finesse, sumptuous richness, and deep mellow maturity.
As one of just two Speyside distilleries still to practice floor malting, a new small batch limited edition ‘Malting Season‘ expression will celebrate this time-honoured practice. Benriach’s seasonal peated spirit production will also be captured in the new ‘Smoke Season‘ bottling, which explores the full intensity of Benriach’s fruit-forward smoky spirit.
Benriach will also continue to capture unique moments in time through its Cask Edition Programme and will continue to offer a travel retail collection featuring the Triple Distilled aged 10 years, as well as Quarter Cask and Smoky Quarter Cask expressions.