Benriach 10 yo (43%, OB, 2015) I
believe this is one of the first official Benriachs to have been
distilled by the new owners, under the watchful eyes of Billy Walker.
Colour: gold. Nose: a few bready/yeasty notes at first nosing, then some
overripe apples and a blend of plum spirit and pale ale (some kind of
IPA). A touch of wet limestone as well, but the whole’s very barleyish
rather than plain fruity. Perhaps a few greengages? Mouth: more fruits,
less ale. I find oranges and a creamy vanilla (butter cream, fudge),
then rather touches of limoncello, while the sweet barley speak out
again after a few seconds. Touches of white pepper, quite possibly from
the oak. Finish: good length. Pepper, vanilla and malty beer, plus stone
fruits in the aftertaste. Swiss Abricotine? Comments: rather firmer and
more vigorous than expected. Not a smooth/easy one! I really like it. SGP:451 - 83 points.