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Spirit Type: Scotland Whisky
Bottle Size: 70cl
This is the brand-new BenRiach Peated Quarter Casks, which was introduced in June 2016. It is a peated malted barley-based expression that is aged in diminutive quarter casks.
Instead of the therapeutic Islay peat, the aroma is a little dry peatiness with loads of hay and ashy plants. A tiny bit of gravel. Stale notes. Peaches and pears are located below. A tiny bit of cinnamon Fine, straightforward, and somewhat juvenile, yet not.
The flavor is often mild and delicate. Along with some earthy/sooty notes and Provence herbs, there is sweet peat, sweet lemon, and sweet pear. Additionally, nectarine suggestions.
On sweet cereals, coffee, and ashes, the finish is not overly drawn out. Young fruits and moderate, dry peat. Modern implies that something is without defects yet lacks a distinct identity. Perhaps too costly for what it is: depending on where you search, between €60 and €75.
A tiny splash was added. There is a lot more strong smoke presently. Not any longer kept in the shadows. Complete bonfire material Piney, there are some green leaves scattered throughout the blaze as well. With more barley sugar, softer, sweeter fruit, including some apples now, and jammier flavors, the palate is becoming more nuanced. Still oily and hefty, the mouthfeel is. The finish is less creamy and a tiny bit dirtier. A little bit of water definitely helps this dram.
A wonderful fall-themed dram. By no means is this a peat monster, but I can't think of a better entry point for someone used to highland-type malts who wants to take a step into the smokey.