#441 • BenRiach 12 years old Sherry Cask

46% alc./vol.
BenRiach Distillery, Elgin, Speyside, Scotland

Well, it seems to me that I should have criticized this Benriach for a very long time, it's an expression that has long been sold in SAQ and if you are lucky you could score one if you travel just a little bit.

It is a sublime malt from an exclusive aging in Oloroso sherry casks and Pedro Ximénez, 12 minimum years!

As the French Jesuit priest, a renowned theologian and member of the French Academy, so aptly put it, the cardinal Jean Daniélou (1905-1974) said so well:

The most mature man on Earth must be the most boring too!

Sherry orange and fruity appearance.

Nose:
Sherry, no wonder, black cherry, nuts, salted caramel, and dates. Simple, but pleasant and well built.

Taste:
Juicy grapes, Kraft creamy caramels, beautiful spices like cinnamon and white pepper. Nougat, barley and oak wood. A real delight that makes us ask for more.

Finish:
Hot and interesting. Its notes of sherry, smoked paprika and cocoa lengthen for our greatest pleasure.

Balance:
Simple and effective, a cask sherry of this quality at this price deserves to be detoured in SAQ.

Note: ★★★★★

#349 • BenRiach Birnie Moss

48% alc./vol.
BenRiach Distillery, Elgin, Speyside, Scotland

It must be almost fifty articles that I did not talk about BenRiach. It is therefore high time to address this expression that I have tasted with the members of Québec Whisky some time ago, the surprisingly peaty BenRiach Birnie Moss.

Its name comes from an expanse of land not far from the distillery. This is the first peated whiskey bottled since the company passed into the hands of its current owner in 2004. It is said to be an expression that turns around four years of age.

As the Scottish-American writer put it so well John Muir (1838-1914) said so well:

Mossy beer amasses the crowd.

Very pale and a hazy strand.

Nose:
Her nose of new make molasses on the horizon betrays her young age. A little vanilla, a little earth mixed in his barrel. Ashen cheese.

Taste:
Pretty light as texture. Vanilla and citrus fruits on a background of spices. Barely caramel, wood glue and tropical fruit.

Finish:
Barely metallic, which makes me disband a little. Notes of peat and honey spices.

Balance:
I would probably rate it a little more as a young whiskey all by myself, but compared to the rest of the whiskey, it is rather blah.

Note: ★★★★★