Press release from BenRiach today..
From renowned Master Distiller Billy Walker comes a limited edition BenRiach Moscatel Wood Finish aged 22 years.
Launched today (16 November), this Single Malt Scotch Whisky offers notes of dark orange marmalade, cocoa and spiced honey.
BenRiach has one of the most innovative ranges of any Scottish distillery and the 22 year old continues a great tradition of experimentation with wood finishes.
This whisky was originally matured in American bourbon barrels before being finished in Moscatel wine casks from Portugal and Spain. During this second period of maturation, the spirit subtly interacts with the oak wood and takes on new flavours and aromas from the Moscatel wine cask.
The 22 year old is non chill filtered, natural in colour and bottled at 46% abv.
Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “Moscatel is a sweet fortified wine, hailing from Portugal and Spain, which adds a buttery-soft, spicy and fruity dimension to the whisky. The result is a superlative malt in the classic BenRiach style. It is lusciously rich, velvety and full-flavoured, delivering superb dried fruit and honeyed sweetness, like a good apple crumble.”
Rich gold mahogany.
A full, sumptuous nose consisting of dark orange marmalade, rich fig syrup and sweet dates. A dusting of cocoa and cinnamon followed by a gentle hint of garden mint adds a luxurious character.
Rich, velvety dark chocolate fondant topped with glazed maraschino cherries develops to plum cordial and spiced honey. The long finish is rounded with a gentle, earthy balance of nutmeg, stewed barley and old vintage leather.
A rich body laden with dark Mediterranean fruits and a complementary balance of warm spices and delicate oak characters.
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