# 531 • BenRiach 18 years old Albariza Pedro Ximenez Peated

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

Un BenRiach do not wait for the other!

Another nice limited edition from BenRiach, also 18 years old, like its cousin in rum casks, the Dunder! We started the process here with a basic maturation in bourbon barrels, to continue aging in ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry barrels. We produced a version limited to 3886 bottles! So I put a lot of exclamation points!

The name Albariza comes from a type of white soil with a high chalk content, which would supposedly be one of the ideal conditions for the optimal cultivation of grapes destined for the production of sherry wine.

Not to mention his white horse or his blue-white-red suspenders, as the French soldier and statesman, the first emperor of the French, put it so well, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) said so well:

Whoever burns himself while eating hot, even blows on a cold piece.

With a very attractive copper richness.

Nose:
Dusty oak, grapes and dates only let out a slight volute of peat and leather. Fresh raisins and spices. Elegant and complex at the same time.

Taste:
Ultra-rich and opulent in texture. Always grapes, dates and leather. Peat is showing through a lot at this point, and brilliantly.

Finish:
Fruity leather, grassy peat but full of sherry. Oak dust reminiscent of the oldest sherry casks. To drink in front of the fireplace. Return of peat.

Balance:
Another sublime peated sherry cask. Everything is well balanced, orchestrated. The flavors develop in turn without jostling each other. The alcohol level is perfect.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

# 530 • BenRiach 18 years old Dunder Dark Rum Finish

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

Wow, another BenRiach in so little time!

A beautiful limited edition of BenRiach, with 18 years of age, nothing less! After initial maturation in new American oak barrels, this malt was left to bask in barrels that once contained dark rum. The name Dunder does not come from the paper company, but many residues of sugar cane remaining in the stills after the distillation of rum, residues which in the Jamaican tradition of distillation could be earned a second life by serving as yeast during the initial fermentation of the said spirit.

As the American actor, screenwriter, film producer and director put it so well Steve Carell (1962-) said so well:

I'm not superstitious, but I am a little 'stitious.

Pure gold tending to greenish.

Nose:
Whoa! Salty peat in power! Background of sugar cane, leather, grape and oak. Barley and grass are far behind.

Taste:
Nice weight on the tongue. Leather, sherry, juicy dates, equally juicy grapes, caramel and toffee. An imposing oak wood reminds us of its age with both softness and firmness.

Finish:
Very hot and long. The spices present us to the oak plank, barley sugar and peat block dipped in caramel.

Balance:
An experience perhaps very linear, but enjoying an exceptional quality of execution.

Note: ★★★★★