Friday, June 10, 2016


The BenRiach Distillery Company has announced the launch of three new expressions from its BenRiach and Glenglassaugh brands. The first releases from the company since it was taken over by Brown-Forman in April.

The BenRiach Peated Quarter Cask (46% ABV) is a non-age statement single malt whisky, that has been produced using peated malted barley, and has been fully matured in quarter casks. These smaller casks have been used to allow more interaction between the wood and the spirit, giving the whisky a greater depth of flavour and aroma in a shorter period of time.

The BenRiach Quarter Cask, The Glenglassaugh Octive Classic & Octive Peated

The Glenglassaugh The Octaves Classic (44% ABV) is a non-age statement single malt whisky, that has been matured in octave casks, which are made from staves of a used cask and are approximately 1/8th the size of a butt.

The Glenglassaugh The Octaves Peated (44% ABV) is a non-age statement whisky, that has also been matured in octave casks, and produced using richly peated malted barley.

Commenting on the new BenRiach release, Alistair Walker, Sales Director at The BenRiach Distillery Company, said: “Smaller casks mean bigger whisky. Using quarter casks allows the intensity of the spirit to shine through by speeding up the maturation process. In this fantastic new expression, the peat combines with the hints of pear and peach to produce an extraordinary fully-flavoured dram.”

Commenting on the new Glanglassaugh releases, he said: “These wonderfully smooth Glenglassaugh single malts are matured in top-quality octave casks which bring a new depth of flavour. And as the whisky has been neither coloured nor chill filtered, the original flavours, nuances and textures remain absolutely unchanged. The result in both cases is a complex and hugely satisfying dram.”

Brown-Forman acquired The BenRiach Distillery Company, owners of The GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh single malt whisky brands in April for £281 million. In addition to its three distilleries, the deal included the purchase of brand trademarks, a bottling plant and the company’s headquarters in Edinburgh.

The BenRiach Peated Quarter Cask, The Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic and The Glenglassaugh Octaves Peated, will be available later this month from specialist retailers for the respective RRP’s of: £51.99, £57.99 and £57.99.

Posted by Steve Rush