A Scotch whisky in its purest form has been released.
Whisky explorers searching for a glimpse into the spirit of BenRiach distillery have the chance to experiment with this emerging Speyside single malt in its most non-diluted form, with the release of BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 2.
Following on from the successful release of Cask Strength – Batch 1, BenRiach distillery Master Blender Rachel Barrie has hand-picked a small selection from 2006, 2007 and 2008 to create this rich, smooth, triple-cask matured expression.
This single malt continues BenRiach’s reputation for rich, innovative cask maturation by combining cask strength whisky matured in bourbon barrels, Oloroso sherry casks and virgin oak hogsheads.
It has a richer and smoother taste profile to its award-winning predecessor, BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 1, which
won a Silver Outstanding award at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2016.
Announcing the release of BenRiach Cask Strength – Batch 2, BenRiach Distillery Master Blender Rachel Barrie, said: ‘Cask Strength Batch 2 is BenRiach in its most unadulterated state. At cask strength 60.6%, the drinker can taste straight from the vat, without chill-filtration, water or colour addition.
‘Richly matured bourbon, Oloroso and virgin oak casks take the drinker on an adventure through the BenRiach Speyside warehouses. To the eye a golden summer harvest, to the nose toffee apple with a ginger spiced zing, and to the tongue layers of crème-caramel, chocolate and lime-glazed nectarine.
‘At cask strength, the drinker can explore every layer of flavour, and choose whether or not to add water to taste. BenRiach Cask strength Batch 2 is for those who want to experiment with whisky taste and explore for themselves.’
BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 2 is available to purchase from specialist retailers worldwide from March, with an ABV of 60.6%, non-chill filtered and of natural colour.