a Benriach 1997 which spent 23 years in a virgin oak barrel.
Benriach 12 yo 2008 ‘Cask Edition’ (60,5%, OB 2020, Pedro Ximénez puncheon #4052, Batch 17, 570 btl.) Nose: the kind of musty cigar box / tobacco leaf combination that you sometimes got in first-fill PX Bowmore as well. Mossy notes. Worn leather, even some farmy touches (stable). Cinnamon cake, baked apples, nice brambles too. Oaxaca chocolate. Caramelized nuts.
Mouth: great depth of flavours, with lots of berry and raisin sweetness, although the leafy notes give it a tannic edge at the same time. Leathery notes again, then blackberries, clove and ginger. Plenty of (pipe) tobacco and a hint of Muscovado sugar.
Finish: long, with more of that brown sugar, mixed with lots of herbal notes and dark fruit tea.
Plenty of intensity, and the balance between peat and PX sweetness is spot on. Too bad for the slightly winey / tannic edge on the palate, otherwise a wonderful dram for a cold evening
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