Tuesday, August 15, 2023


The Benriach Distillery, has announced the launch of its third Malting Season bottling, from the series which celebrates the distillery’s traditional production methods.

Benriach Malting Season Third Edition (48.3% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, which was produced using Concerto barley, and matured in a combination of Virgin oak and first-fill Bourbon casks.

Benriach Malting Season Third Edition

For each Malting Season release, Master Blender Rachel Barrie, carefully selects the type of barley and bottling strength, making each annual edition a truly unique expression in its own right.

Malting Season bottlings are handcrafted using malted barley from the  distillery’s historic floor maltings. Once a year Benriach is one of only eight distilleries in Scotland that continues to practise this century old tradition which requires the delicate hand of Benriach’s team of dedicated craftspeople.

After being steeped in water, the barley is spread across the malting room floor and turned by hand over several days to allow for optimum germination of the barley. Using their keen eye, the malting team decides when the barley is ready to move to the kiln.

Benriach Malting Season Third Edition, is said to deliver notes of freshly harvested barley, orchard fruit, wild bergamot, pear, meadowsweet honey and kilned malt on the nose. Followed by notes of creamy malt, clementine, floral honey, barley spice, apricot, malted almond and wild cherry on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Stewart Buchanan, Global Brand Ambassador at Benriach, said: “Every year during ‘Maltings Season’ our team hand malt select barley onsite. This historic process pays tribute to our founder - John Duff - and the slow craft of his historic maltings which we continue to this day in the pursuit of exceptional flavour. Each new addition of Malting Season uses carefully chosen barley types and individual bottling strengths, making each annual edition one of a kind in its own right.”

Benriach Malting Season Third Edition, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £110.00.

Posted by Steve Rush