Benriach Distillery has today (Wednesday 3rd March) unveiled its latest single cask bottlings - Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2021. Each of its 19 premium expressions have been crafted to celebrate the individuality of the distillery’s cask types, and the resulting Single Malt that each helps to mature.

Each expression in the new collection has been individually nurtured and selected at its optimum maturation point by Benriach’s Master Blender, Rachel Barrie. Featuring both peated and unpeated styles of whisky, each expression celebrates the unique flavour impacted by its cask, and allows a different facet of Benriach’s multi-layered, fruit forward style to be explored.

From madeira to moscatel hogsheads and rum barrels to port pipes, 11 different cask types from around the world have been used to paint a rainbow of flavour across the collection. From the smoked nutmeg of the madeira cask to the smouldering pine nut and rich campfire smoke found in the Oloroso sherry butt, these flavourful individual casks range from 1994 to 2009.

Cask Edition Collection 2021 continues Benriach’s creative legacy of bottling individual casks in what is a new era for the distillery since it relaunched its portfolio last year.

Rachel Barrie, Master Blender at Benriach Distillery commented:

“When it comes to experimenting with flavour through our rich inventory of cask types at Benriach, it is important to appreciate the individuality of the cask and its back story to tease out its full potential. Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2021 offers an insight into this journey, capturing unique moments in time at our Speyside distillery.

“Exploring cask maturation at this specific level continues to excite me about the flavour possibilities of Benriach. From the honey, apricot and stewed plum of the sauternes barrique to the smooth barley cream of the rum barrel, it’s a true joy to savour the palette of flavour in these cask edition releases.”

Benriach Cask Edition Collection 2021 is available to purchase from specialist retailers in select markets globally from 3 March 2021. More information found below.

Details and market availability for each expression:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Benriach Distillery

A Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky as intriguing and extraordinary as Benriach could not have come to be without a unique whisky making heritage, dating from 1898, when founder John Duff built his distillery. Ruggedly beautiful, Benriach stands on the site of the old Riach farm in north Speyside, drawing water from a mineral-rich aquifer, deep beneath the distillery.

Thanks to a long-standing tradition of distilling three styles of whisky; classic unpeated, Highland peated and triple distilled, together with an eclectic selection of casks from around the world, our whisky makers are able to explore the full flavour possibilities of Single Malt, creating some of the richest, most multi-layered whiskies in Speyside.

This tradition continues today, under the guidance of Master Blender, Rachel Barrie. Benriach is the story of a hidden Speyside gem, quietly revealing its treasures to be discovered and savoured.

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