Next in our miniatures sampling was a little nip from a recent trip to Canada. After some disastrous experiences with decent drams being devastated by poor storage, I was keen to shorten the gap between acquiring the sample and actually tasting it!
Here’s what we found:
- Nose – Peppery peat of a style that is “quite forward”, cinnamon apple crumble, chased by delicious oily bacon
- Palate – Christmas peat, plum cake, very sweet
- Finish – Spice sweet, cinnamon
Each sip tells a different whisky – the kind of one we wished we had more of to continue to explore.
We also tried it in the Norlan glass – it smoothed out the palate, yet punched up the flavours, gently rounding and bringing out a dry quality.
And what do the folks at BenRiach have to say?
This UNIQUE single malt has been distilled from PEATEDmalted barley and has been FULLY matured in quarter casks. A smaller cask allows for more INTERACTION between the wood and the spirit, giving the whisky a great depth of flavour and aroma in a shorter period of time. Bottled at 46%, non chill filtered and natural colour, this is an EXTRAORDINARY, full-flavoured dram.
- Nose – Elegant waves of wood smoke intensify to burning heather with a delicious contribution of ripe orchard fruits. Subtle hints of peaches, cinnamon sugar and a slight herbal note of fresh barley give an added contrast to the unique, rich peat character.
- Taste – Intense peat smoke mellows to smouldering peat embers infused with green pear and nectarine notes. Nutty oak and vanilla pods combine with a touch of white pepper and a twist of lime to give a crisp, smoky finish.
And what else did we sample in our merry mini malts evening?
And here’s more malt miniatures from my The Whisky Exchange:
- Auchroisk 1996/2014 46% (Gordon & MacPhail)
- Glencadam 15 year 46%
- Glen Keith 1993/2011 46% (Gordon & MacPhail)
- The Arran 14 year 46% – Still to sample!
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