Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Benriach The Smoky Twelve Single Malt Scotch -- #3 Whisky of the Year

Very limited, we are finally able to get the #3 best whisky of 2020!
At Forsyth and online now

Top 20 Whiskies of 2020 from The Whisky Advocate
#3 • Benriach The Smoky Twelve

Benriach The Smoky Twelve Single Malt Scotch 12 year Old...$59.99
Benriach is a sleeper of a single malt, but that’s about to change. Part of a 2020 relaunch of its core line, this grabbed our attention with its sophistication, breadth of flavors, and lovely refinement. Much of the credit surely goes to master blender Rachel Barrie for creating a smoky whisky that both peat lovers and the peat-wary can enjoy. Rather than medicinal intensity, the peat is redolent of gentle, sweetly smoky fruits that integrate seamlessly with notes of vanilla, toasted almond, chocolate, blueberry, and bacon. It beckons like the wafting smoke of a warming autumn bonfire, then welcomes with its lush and velvety embrace. —Jeffery Lindenmuth

New Smoky Ten!

Benriach The Smoky Ten Single Malt Scotch 10 year Old...$54.99
Compare to $58.99 at Total Wine and More
Three Cask Matured
In the early 1970s, Benriach broke convention in Speyside by returning to distilling batches of whisky in the old, 19th century style, using malted barley smoked with Highland peat. This wood rich Highland peat imparts distinctly sweet and smoky notes into Benriach peated whiskies. Benriach The Smoky Ten has been crafted from a combination of unpeated and peated spirit and three cask matured for at least ten years in a combination of bourbon barrels, Jamaican rum casks and toasted virgin oak. The whisky is then expertly married together to create sublimely smooth layers of sunripe fruit, aromatic smoke and toasted oak spice, lingering into the perfectly balanced sweet and smoky finish.

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