Review #551 | /r/Scotch Review #196 – Benriach 20yr Single Cask #4300 – Heavily Peated, PX Finished
The Schtick: This is a single cask from Benriach. It is 20 years old, bottled at cask strength and heavily peated while also being sherry matured.
ABV: 51.7% ABV
Age: 20 Years
Nose: Big, moist, peat slap. Earthy bandaids, jammy fruits like raspberry, fig and date. Ash, cocoa, syrupy sweetness.
Taste: Thick, rich, no heat. Sherry is really prominent and is blended with pretty great complexity in with the peat. Raspberry, strawberry and cherry preserve is sticky sweet in with the peat – blends just right. Ashy, dry, earthy peat in the backend.
Finish: Long, earthy and peaty. Almost meaty. Faint fruits on the departure.
Overall: Woo baby, this was great. I think I might have really gone bonkers if this was peated and port finished but this was no slouch. Really impressive dram for sure.
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