The Journeyman #5: BenRiach 2005 12 Year Old, Sherry Cask #5014, 58.1%

About

Established in 1898, the BenRiach distillery had something of a false start by closing just two years later in the wake of a financial disaster.

While still being used to malt barley for Longmorn Distillery, it was not until its sale to Glenlivet Distillers Ltd in 1965 that it started producing its own spirit again.

It remained in production since then through a variety of ownership changes. In 2004 it was put into independent hands as the BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd, this company was then sold to Brown- Forman in 2016.

While not being terribly distinguished in its early years, BenRiach was still very capable of producing some gems.

Their independence in 2004 was a masterstroke, however, the experienced Whiskyman Mr. Billy Walker spotting the potential of this distillery and giving it a massive overhaul. Now a major player in Scotch Single Malt, it is known for being a vibrant and expressive spirit.

Guidance

Tasting notes are a guideline only. Everyone responds to the flavours in a whisky in different ways, so you may describe it differently.

Palate

Wonderful dried fruits and more Golden syrup, also candied orange and fresh red apple.

Nose

Golden syrup and apples, more rich fruits later coming through.

Finish

The palate notes continue, with some spices adding to the complexity. One to savour.