.the benriach – 1997-2012 – g&m – cc

In the Northern areas of the Speyside region lies the Benriach distillery, known for a rich and fruity character of their spirit. In 1997, independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail purchased a batch of this spirit and matured it in their own refill ex-Sherry Hogsheads, to be bottled in 2012 for their ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ label, their very successful range of exclusive single malts.

46% abv, €60
single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: sweet, marzipan, fruity, fresh raspberries, dried fruits, raisins, herbal, laurel, sage, nuts, almonds
Palate: sweet, creamy, spicy, cloves, black pepper, nuts, almonds, macadamia nuts,
Finish: sweet, nuts, macadamia nuts, hazel nuts, medium long, light
Mark: +++/++ 
Conclusion: quite spicy, yet light and fruity. Very likeable.
.many thanks to Gordon & Macphail for sending us a sample to review

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