Benriach presents Cask Edition Collection 2021

19 selected single casks from a wide variety of cask types

 

The Benriach Distillery has presented its new series Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2021. There are 19 single malts, selected by master blender Dr. Rachel Barrie from the distillery's stock of premium whisky.

When compiling the casks for the Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2021, Dr. Rachel Barrie selected both peated and unpeated whisky. The different cask maturations also offer a wide variety of flavours: 11 different casks types are available, from Madeira to Moscatel and Port to Rum casks. The age range is also wide and offers whisky from 1994 to 2009.

Dr. Rachel Barrie says, “When it comes to experimenting with taste within our extensive range of cask types at Benriach, it is important to appreciate the individuality of the cask and its backstory in order to realize its full potential. The Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2021 offers a glimpse into this journey and captures unique moments in the history of our Speyside distillery. When dealing with barrel aging on this special level, I am always enthusiastic about the taste possibilities of Benriach. From honey, apricot and plum compote from the Sauternes barrique barrel to gentle barley notes from the rum barrel - it is a real pleasure to enjoy the variety of flavors in these Cask editions. "

Producer’s information on the Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2021

  1. 1994 CASK #1851
    Aged 26 years
    Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
    Style: Peated
    Appearance: Golden Brown
    Nose: Chocolate orange and smoked dark honey, on a base of sandalwood, date oil and prune.
    Palate: Chocolate espresso and black cherry with lingering campfire smoke and plum.
    ABV: 51.5%
    Availability: China
  2. 1994 CASK #1272
    Aged 26 years
    Cask Type: Oloroso Butt
    Style: Peated
    Appearance: Auburn
    Nose: Sticky plum preserve and baked crème brûlée with smouldering pine nut and rich campfire smoke.
    Palate: Blood orange, cherry cake and candied clove with lingering smoked caramel and pine nut.
    ABV: 53.2%
    Availability: China
  3. 1997 CASK #16004
    Aged 23 years
    Cask Type: Bourbon Barrel
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Mellow gold
    Nose: Candied lemon, bergamot and dark vanilla with traces of honeysuckle, apple and lime.
    Palate: Lemon sweets and toffee with spiced vanilla, banana and lingering dark chocolate mint cake.
    ABV: 51.1%
    Availability: Israel
  4. 1998 CASK #2803
    Aged 22 years
    Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Deep amber
    Nose: Sticky toffee apple and caramel sponge pudding layered with cherry cake and sugar glaze.
    Palate: Cherry and sultana bread with vanilla, candied peel and golden syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg.
    ABV: 52.7%
    Availability: South East Asia
  5. 2005 CASK #2569
    Aged 15 years
    Cask Type: Oloroso Butt
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Arabian sunset
    Nose: Richly sherried with fruitcake, honey, orange and crème brûlée.
    Palate: Chocolate meringue, toasted hazelnut and lingering sun-dried raisin.
    ABV: 59.8%
    Availability: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark & Ukraine
  6. 2006 CASK #5303
    Aged 13 years
    Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Mahogany
    Nose: Nectarine, cherry cake and caramel mocha with hints of baked apple and spice.
    Palate: Chocolate macchiato and baked orange with lingering sweet almond.
    ABV: 61.2%
    Availability: Australia
  7. 2007 CASK #8736
    Aged 13 years
    Cask Type: Moscatel Hogshead
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Egyptian gold
    Nose: Apricot and lemon syrup, with macadamia nut brittle and manuka honey.
    Palate: Vanilla cream and sticky apricot preserve with lingering honeyed orchard fruits and praline.
    ABV: 58.1%
    Availability: New Zealand
  8. 2008 CASK #5813
    Aged 12 years
    Cask Type: Sauternes Barrique
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Red gold
    Nose: Honey, apricot and stewed plum, with fleshy orange, mixed nut and tropical fruit.
    Palate: Sweet mandarin orange, lemon curd and ground nutmeg with lingering ginger and toasted malt.
    ABV: 61.3%
    Availability: Canada
  9. 2008 CASK #2014
    Aged 12 years
    Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
    Style: Peated Appearance: Golden walnut
    Nose: Chocolate coated red apple, plum and redcurrant on a base of pistachio, sandalwood and espresso.
    Palate: Smooth fig and apple with cinnamon spice, pistachio cream and chocolate coated dates.
    ABV: 60.5%
    Availability: China / South East Asia
  10. 1997 CASK #7420
    Aged: 23 years
    Cask Type: Virgin Wood Barrel
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Chestnut gold
    Nose: Sweet candied orange and almond biscotti with banana, toffee and cream pie.
    Palate: Candied citrus and spiced apple with liquorice root, caramel and sweet oak vanilla.
    ABV: 51.6%
    Availability: France & Belgium
  11. 1998 CASK #10298
    Aged: 22 years
    Cask Type: Marsala Wine Hogshead
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Burnished copper
    Nose: Baked pear, apricot jam and clementine, with soft sweet spices and sugar fondant.
    Palate: Caramelised apricot, tangy orange and hazelnut, layered with vanilla icing and ground nutmeg.
    ABV: 52.2%
    Availability: Italy
  12. 2005 CASK #1867
    Aged: 15 years
    Cask Type: Rum Barrel
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Honeyed gold
    Nose: Candied apple, tropical fruit and pineapple syrup, enriched with smooth barley cream.
    Palate: Golden fruit, soft spices and crème caramel, with lingering maple syrup and nut brittle.
    ABV: 55.9%
    Availability: Benriach Distillery Visitor Centre, Scotland
  13. 2007 CASK #3944
    Aged: 13 years
    Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
    Style: Peated
    Appearance: Polished gold
    Nose: Smoked apricot and silky milk chocolate with seared mandarin orange glaze
    Palate: Smoked Brazil nut and walnut, balanced with sweet floral honey and chocolate cream.
    ABV: 56.2%
    Availability: France
  14. 2008 CASK #4052
    Aged: 12 years
    Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
    Style: Peated
    Appearance: Burnished brass
    Nose: Smoked stone fruit with cedar wood, with maple syrup and custard.
    Palate: Sweet peat, smoked gingerbread and cinnamon spiced plum with hazelnut, baked apple and almond.
    ABV: 60.5%
    Availability: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Malta & Poland
  15. 2009 CASK #4833
    Aged: 11 years
    Cask Type: Port Pipe
    Style: Peated Appearance: Ruby
    Nose: Honeyed fruit syrup, smoked strawberry panna cotta and vanilla cheesecake.
    Palate: Chocolate velvet cake balanced with wild berry, spiced orange, red apple and angelica root.
    ABV: 60.8%
    Availability: United Kingdom
  16. 2009 CASK #1642
    Aged: 11 years
    Cask Type: Madeira Hogshead
    Style: Peated
    Appearance: Rich gold
    Nose: Smoke-laced melon and jellied fruit with honeycomb, aromatic coffee and sugared malt.
    Palate: Smoked nutmeg, burnt orange and macadamia nut with cinnamon, pepper and lingering wintergreen.
    ABV: 60.6%
    Availability: Andorra, Poland and Portugal
  17. 2009 CASK #8562
    Aged: 11 years
    Cask Type: Oloroso Puncheon
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Burnt sienna
    Nose: Toffee apple crunch and mixed nut brittle with pecan, almond and mixed spice.
    Palate: Baked apple strudel with layers of bramley apple, brown sugar, cinnamon and raisin.
    ABV: 58.9%
    Availability: Nordics & East Europe
  18. 2009 CASK #8748
    Aged: 11 years
    Cask Type: Moscatel Hogshead
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Deep copper
    Nose: Heather honey, apricot and sweet orange marmalade with hazelnut in golden syrup.
    Palate: Deliciously sweet and fruity with honey, apricot and lingering pecan syrup.
    ABV: 53.9%
    Availability: The Netherlands
  19. 2009 CASK #3911
    Aged: 11 years
    Cask Type: Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
    Style: Classic unpeated
    Appearance: Copper
    Nose: Crème-caramel and fresh orange with rich malt and candied vanilla.
    Palate: Mulled orange and chocolate caramel with brown sugar and chestnut cream.
    ABV: 56.5%
    Availability: Germany, Austria & Switzerland

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