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1997 Benriach Single Cask Batch 11 #4435 Marsala Finish 16 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 56.1%
These are the vestiges of fourteen casks ranging from 37 to 9 years old, with astonishing variety across the board, including whiskies in the traditional, classic Speyside style, peated expressions and wood finishes such as Dark Rum, Tawny Port, Madeira, Virgin Oak, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and Marsala.
All fourteen casks have been hand-selected by BenRiach’s Managing Director and Master Distiller, Billy Walker, who described them as “absolutely special”.
He concedes the quality is down to wood selection. “The most important factor is to use top quality casks – Bourbon barrels, Hogsheads and ex-Wine Seasoned casks – and there is a role in the maturation process for all of these casks. Getting the wood right can be expensive but it’s one of the things I’m most proud of since we took over BenRiach.” And what an amazing range there is in Batch Eleven.
The oldest, 1976 #529, at 44.2% vol, is Sherry Cask Matured and finished in a Bourbon barrel. Meanwhile the youngest, 2005 # 3781, at 58.7% vol, is a Virgin American Oak Hogshead offering a flood of sweet peat reek. And a third which will no doubt be much sought after is the 1998 cask # 5171, a natural strength beauty, triple-distilled no less, with a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Finish. Not only a genuine collector's opportunity, but by all reports, sensational whiskies. Get in early. There's no telling where prices will be inflated to in the future. This expression is from a Marsala Hogshead / Marsala finish and bottled at 56.1% vol. Only 412 bottles produced. No tasting notes available. Extremely limited stocks.