Spicy Entry Level Malt
Late summer 2020 BenRiach launched a new core range. Bottles and tubes got a new look, but more importantly: Rachel Barrie (my muze with Auchentoshan a few years ago, remember?) created this new ‘The Original Ten’ from a completely new recipe. Three types of wood come into play: bourbon, sherry and virgin oak. A tidbit of knowledge: this is the only one of the new range that is bottled at 43%, the others are bottled at 46%. Let’s get to work!
The nose is soft and very accessible with lots of fruit like nectarines, apples and pears, but also melon and apricots. The virgin oak adds some extra spiciness, including vanilla and cedar wood.
The body is just fine and the malt is immediately both sweet and spicy. Vanilla and caramel, but also some nutmeg and chili peppers. The fruit is limited to overripe pear and apricots, but is joined now by some woodsmoke and nuts. And a freshly baked croissant! Lovely.
The vanilla, nuts and spices linger in the medium long finish. I’m actually getting cozy and warm.
Man’s best friend with balls, thanks to the spices. Around 35 to 40 EUR, which I find very acceptable. Great entry level malt.