Thanks to /u/nsquare14 for sending me some samples. Really appreciate these, as he sent me some I’ve never reviewed as a thank you for the reviews.
BenRiach 9 2008 Peated Port pipe. That’s a mouthful. And not just because I’m imbibing it.
Let’s break this all down, shall we?
BenRiach. A distillery I enjoy, though I’ll admit the price increases and some of the drams not being as great as they used to (in the single cask arena) means this is a changing. I still stand by my enjoyment of previous ones.
9 years, from 2008? Sure, that doesn’t make me feel old at all. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go have a cry for totally different reasons.
Peated? Sweet, I love BenRiach peated. Actually I typically go for their peated malt, as their unpeated usually takes a longer time to really amp up.
Port cask? Yeah, I’m biased, I love these.
Well this seems like a no brainer. However I have been burnt before. Let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: N/A at the LCBO
Cask No. 2047
Cask Type: Port pipe
Distillation date: 18 March 2008
Bottling date: 01 June 2017
Colour: 5YR 5/8
Nose: Cranberry candle, walnut, orange cake/orange chocolate, fudge
Wow, lovely nose on this one. There’s a mixture of more orange than I’m used to from a port cask, and that lovely chocolate that you can get from peated malts that are older.
Water brings out even more chocolate. Man, now I want chocolate. Stupid trying not to eat chocolate.
Taste: Cranberry white chocolate fudge, burnt caramel, cinnamon apple muffin, raisin buttertart
More fudge. Great consistency with the nose. You get more of a sweet, light white chocolate rather than chocolate elements.
There’s also some great caramels and raisins. This makes you want more. Water just amps up the caramel.
Finish: Honeydew melon, orange sorbet, mint jelly, brine
The finish is oddly light and fruity, with a little bit of mint and brine. It’s like a completely different dram, like that time I was blindfolded and served half a pizza and then a fruit salad.
What? We all have hobbies, don’t judge.
Conclusion: An odd dram, that’s for certain, but honestly, beyond a weird finish, this is really, really good. A must buy, almost.
I have to say all the sweets and chocolate were balanced. Nothing goes over the top. Assuming the finish doesn’t throw you off, buy this. It’s a good young malt.
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