Whisky Review – Benriach Peated Quarter Cask. @TheBenriach

Benriach Peated Quarter Cask

46% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£49.95 from Master of Malt 

A little peated Benriach action now, in little casks. Quarter casks, are as suggested smaller than regular casks, so the higher ratio of wood to liquid contact means a quicker interaction and maturation taking place. This bottling is non chill filtered, colouring free and at 46% ABV as with most Benriach expressions. Always a good starting point. 

Nose. 

On first pour we have a young, barley rich and ginger ale nose. Slightly fizzy and feisty on the nasal senses. After a few short minutes in the glass the richer malty barleysugar notes take ahold, and a gentle peat whiff of smoke comes into play. Medicinal and ozone rich in nature. Quit maritime in fact for a Speyside malt. There is some light freshly squeezed lemon and a hint of damp earthiness giving this an autumnal sense. 

Palate. 

A slow, creamy and bittersweet arrival. Beautifully thick and oily mouthfeel. Biscuit and malty barley rich with a little fresh baked bread. The development goes into sweetened lemon juice, sugar syrup and a creamy buttery vanilla. Dirty earth and peaty smoke comes through later on, giving a nice organic edge to the experience. 

Finish. 

Short, earthy moss, gentle smoke, light vanilla ice cream and lemon frosting fades away. 

Adding water. 

A small splash added. A lot more smoke now, quite pungent. Not hidden away in the background any more. Full blown bonfire stuff. There are some green leaves amongst the bonfire too, piney. The palate is more complex now also, some of that green nature is coming through, lots more barleysugar, gentler sweeter fruit, some apples now, jammier. The mouthfeel is still oily and substantial. The finish is a little dirtier and less creamy. This dram most definitely benefits from a splash of water.

Conclusion. 

A nice autumnal dram. This isn’t a peat monster by any means, but as an introduction to someone who is used to highland style of malts who want to try a step into the smokey I can’t think of a better choice. 

Many thanks to Benriach for the review sample

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