Thursday, August 14, 2014


Award winning BenRiach Distillery has today released Batch 11 of its renowned single cask bottlings.

Ranging from 37 to 9 Years Old, this much anticipated release demonstrates a hugely eclectic range of expressions for which Elgin’s award-winning BenRiach is renowned, with astonishing variety across the fourteen casks. These include whiskies in the traditional, classic Speyside style, peated expressions and wood finishes such as Dark Rum, Tawny Port, Madeira, Virgin Oak, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and a Marsala wood finish.
BenRiach Single Casks Batch 11
All fourteen casks have been hand-selected by BenRiach’s Managing Director and Master Distiller Billy Walker.

Commenting on the release Billy said: Wood Management is one of the most important factors in ensuring excellence of quality during maturation. The most important factor is to use top-quality casks – Bourbon barrels, Hogsheads and ex-Wine Seasoned casks - and there is a role in the maturation process for all of these casks. Getting the wood right can be expensive but it’s one of the things I’m most proud of since we took over BenRiach.”
The oldest bottling 1976 cask #529 (44.2%) is Sherry Cask Matured and finished in a Bourbon barrel. Fresh crisp oak and cereal combine with sweet plum syrup, developing to an elegant, soft tropical fruit and toasted coconut finish.
Meanwhile the youngest bottling 2005 cask #3781 (58.7%) is a Virgin American Oak Hogshead, that offers floods of sweet peat reek in rich caramelised apple and pear, softening gently to dried apricot and desiccated coconut.
Other expressions in the range boast the taste of demerara and boiled sweets, luxurious chocolate and roasted coffee beans, rich tarte tatin and even fairground candy apple.

The Full Cask Details:
1976 cask #529 37yr Bourbon Barrel / Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Finish 44.2%
1976 cask #5463 37yr Bourbon Barrel / Peated, Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Finish 51.9%
1977 cask #7114 37yr Hogshead 48.3%
1977 cask #1891 37yr Dark Rum Barrel / Dark Rum Finish 43.2%
1978 cask #5469 36yr Bourbon Barrel / Sherry Cask Matured, Bourbon Barrel Finish 41.7%
1984 cask # 88 29yr Hogshead / Peated 51.1%
1984 cask #4051 29yr Tawny Port Hogshead / Peated, Tawny Port Finish 50.3%
1994 cask #1703 20yr Tawny Port Hogshead / Tawny Port Finish 55.6%
1994 cask #5626 20yr Madeira Hogshead / Peated, Madeira Finish 53.2%
1996 cask #7176 18yr Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish 52.4%
1997 cask #4435 16yr Marsala Hogshead / Marsala Finish 56.1%
1998 cask #5171 16yr Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon / Triple Distilled, Pedro Ximenez Sherry 57.9%2000 cask #38131 14yr Bourbon Barrel Finish 59.3%
2005 cask #3781 9yr Virgin American Oak Hogshead / Peated, Virgin American Oak Finish 58.7%

These latest releases will be available from specialist retailers later this month.

Source: The BenRiach Distillery