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BenRiach 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This 10YO is a 3-year Silver medalist at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, winning awards in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
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Amidst the lush greenery, in the heart of Speyside, sits the pagoda’d roof of the BenRiach distillery. A facility that has been producing single malt Scotch since 1898. The area of Moray is known for its funnel shape, with the tip pointed to the source of the Spey River. Benriach sits at the very center of this funnel, just outside the town of Elgin. The story of BenRiach is one of resilience. In 1897, John Duff built the BenRiach distillery, after his early success with his Glenlossie and Longmorn distilleries. Duff even built a railroad in 1990, for the purpose of moving supplies back and forth between the two shops.

The timing of his ambitious pursuits, however, proved problematic. Following the Pattison crash of 1899 and the downturn of the domestic market, BenRiach, along with many other distilleries were fated to close. The distillery had barely been operational for 2 years, before being made almost irrelevant for 65 years. During these 65 years, the plant remained operational solely as a malting facility for Longmorn. The two sister distilleries were essentially consolidated into a single working unit, BenRiach produced the grain, and Longmorn distilled it.

But the 1960s were good to BenRiach as well as the entire industry, and the facility remained operational from 1965 onwards. In 2004 the distillery was bought out by a private entity who released a true BenRiach single malt Whisky. The distillery eventually fell under the ownership of The BenRiach Distilling Co. which also took (befittingly) the Glendronach and Glenglassaugh distilleries under its umbrella.

Under the guidance of former blender, Billy Walker, in 2013 the floor maltings reopened, and distillery production poured forth full throttle. The distillery was then acquired by Brown-Forman, in 2016. They now produce up to 2.8 million liters per year. Fruit defines the heart of Benriach's character, specifically, distinct notes of pears and peaches.

BenRiach 10YO has all the characteristics of the classic Speyside Whisky. Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks before being bottled at 43% ABV, this single malt is vibrant and fruit-laden, featuring notes of warm oak spices, and green apple, as well as the signature peach and apricot flavors characteristic of BenRiach. The Whisky also features flavorful notes of banana, with a hint of aniseed, lemon zest, and barley. This 10YO won Silver medals three years running at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (2015-2107).

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On the nose, a fresh and lively combination of crisp, green orchard fruits, stem ginger and hints of tangerine mellows to creamy vanilla with a delicate note of mint and a gentle twist of citrus, all held together with a sweet barley back note. The palate features warm toasted oak spices, green apples and dried apricots, ripening to hints of peach and soft banana. Subtle touches of aniseed and lemon zest create a contrasting edge to the fruit and add an intriguing character to the long, crisp barley finish.

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