Benriach Cask Strength Batch 1

Benriach Distillery

The big news in the whisky industry recently has been the sale of Billy Walker’s distilleries to Brown-Forman, the company behind Tennessee whiskey behemoth Jack Daniel’s. For an eye-watering £285 million, Brown-Forman have acquired Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh. Not a bad return on investment for the Walker family. It remains to be seen what path those distilleries will take in terms of their releases, pricing, marketing, branding etc but what I do see are a couple of brands whose profiles have never been higher in the whisky-drinking-public’s eye. Glendronach and Benriach have both released some incredible single casks, with a varied portfolio showcasing many different sides to their respective spirits. More recently, the success of the Glendronach Cask Strength releases has now led to Benriach doing the same. Benriach Cask Strength batch 1 hit the shelves a few weeks ago, let’s see how it fares…

Benriach Cask Strength Batch 1
57.2% ABV
£52.84 here

Nose: A white pepper nip to begin, then peach melba, pear yoghurt, white chocolate, orange blossom, Victoria sponge and some granola.

Palate: Once the peppery spice passes, there’s apricot, vanilla icing, peaches in syrup, banana, and apple strudel.

Finish: Really sweet and creamy with soft citrus and sawdust.

Overall: Even at cask strength this whisky is very palatable, or maybe I’m just numb to cask strength whiskies these days. Either way, the light, juicy fruits make for a very moreish whisky at a very fair price. Thoroughly enjoyable, and I imagine that once the sun peeks through this will be a great dram to have in the garden over a cube of ice on a Sunday afternoon. All we need is for summer to appear.