BenRiach Authenticus 30 Year Old (46% ABV) has been produced using densely peated malted barley and matured in ex-bourbon barrels.
During the 1970s, BenRiach began distilling a proportion of its whisky using peated malted barley, marking a return to the original Speyside character and flavour of malts made during the nineteenth century.
Today the distillery holds a rare inventory of peated single malt casks, dating as far back as 1975. Research by leading whisky expert Charles MacLean indicates BenRiach was the first Speyside distillery to release a peated expression since World War II. This came in the form of BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old in 2004, which remains part of their peated range.
BenRiach peated single malt whiskies are distilled from peat cut in the North-East of Scotland, which contains a prevalence of wood derived from ancient trees, heather and bracken.
Commenting on the news, Rachel Barrie, Whisky Maker at the BenRiach Distillery, said: “At the BenRiach Distillery we pride ourselves on our unconventional distilling philosophy, creating unpeated, peated and triple distilled malt whisky. As the oldest expression in our peated range, we believe Authenticus 30 years old will impress with its distinguished profile. It is a more intense Speyside malt which carries a delightful balance of wild honey and peat on the nose. The combination of the soft, creamy vanilla, summer fruits and slight hint of cocoa coax the palate, while the infused sweet peat builds gradually to complete the unique character.”
BenRiach Authenticus 30 Year Old, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £400,00.
Posted by Steve Rush