When planning my sherry unusual evening, I wanted there to be variety – hence Irish, Indian and Islay – yet also knew we needed at least one “proper” classic sherry dram.
Enter the BenRiach single cask, single malt bottled for World of Whisky, Heathrow Airport. Now lest you think this was standard travel retail fare, this cask was launched for World Whisky Day in May 2018 for a slightly pricey £120.
Matured in Olorosso Sherry, non-chill filtered with natural colour, we managed to nab bottle 292 of a mere 597… and discovered it was worth every single pound!
BenRiach 12 year (14 Oct 2005/2018) Cask No 5052 59.3%
- Nose – Milk caramel sweets, slight citrus hint, heavy toffee, rum raisins, chocolate eclairs… started to shift into chocolate liquor, dark fruits, nuts… after quite some time there was almost a hint of blue cheese
- Palate – Gorgeous! Simply a class act. Dark plums, black cherries, rich and simply outstanding. Lovely cinnamon, raisins, complex, so well balanced, every sip a reward.
- Finish – Huge long flavour. Everything we loved about the palate simply carried through… for an incredibly long time… superb!
There was no doubt this was an exceptional single malt.
Not one of us were tempted to put even a single drop of water. Each sip we enjoyed more… and it kept evolving. By the 3rd we discovered cayenne, by the 4th chocolate, by the 5th the dark fruits again came to the fore… and the next dripping in honey… you get the picture!
This was one worthy whisky that invited you to slow down, take your time, savour each sip and be rewarded with the most marvellously long finish.
A brilliant reminder of what a quality sherry dram can and should be!
BenRiach tasting notes with the bottle:
- Colour – Amber
- Nose – Honeycomb, chocolate, honey covered dates
- Taste – Rich dark chocolate and herbs, honey coated almonds and figs
Here are the whiskies explored in our Sherry Unusual evening:
- Irish – Hyde #6 President’s Reserve (2017) 46%
- Indian – Paul John 7 Year (2009/16) Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish 57.4%
- Islay – Kilchoman Loch Gorm (2016) 46%
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