BenRiach, which bills itself as the “unconventional” Speyside distillery, has relaunched an award-winning expression to its core range.
BenRiach said its Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years showcases the distillery’s reputation for creative, multi-faceted maturation
It is made using three styles of sherry cask maturation: full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask finishing. BenRiach Sherry Wood
The expression will join the core collection of BenRiach, which distils three malt whisky styles – unpeated, peated and triple distilled. It said it holds some of the most experimental casks for whisky maturation and finishing in Speyside.
The distillery is also one of only two remaining distilleries in Speyside to distil whisky using malted barley from its own on-site floor maltings.
Master blender Rachel Barrie said: “BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years uses three-way sherry wood maturation, a creative approach where each facet is combined in harmony to deliver a rich and balanced taste.
“The result – a multi-layered Single Malt Scotch Whisky with notes of fruit cocktail, lilting spices, honeyed caramel and chocolate sweetness – an enrichment of BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style. This Single Malt Scotch Whisky takes pride of place in the award-winning range made by our unconventional Speyside distillery.”
BenRiach Distillery was founded by John Duff in 1898. It was mothballed before being bought by whisky entrepreneur Billy Walker in 2002. He sold his business to American drinks giant Brown Forman for £285 million in 2016.