Benriach Malting Season Third Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Benriach Malting Season Third Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
$140. 00
$1680.00 Dozen
ABV: 48.3%

The third annual Malting Season release celebrates the distillery floor maltings which lie at the heart of Benriach distillery. This is a few years older than the first and second editions, with an average age of ten years (combining 9.5 and 10.5 year old stocks malted and distilled in the Autumn of 2012 and 2013). Concerto barley and maturation in a combination of virgin oak casks and first fill ex-bourbon casks continue the established theme. Bottled 2023. 48.3% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... As a reminder, Malting Season is meant to highlight Benriach’s use of floor maltings (for this release only), a bygone and laborious malting process in use by only one other Speyside distillery. At the time of the line’s launch back in 2021, it was suggested that different barley varietals could be used in future releases, but this third edition, like the two that preceded it, has been made with Concerto barley. Likewise, the maturation has continued the trend of dual cask aging in ex-bourbon and American virgin oak casks. The abv, however, is the lowest of the line to date. We’ve enjoyed the pair of past releases. Let’s see if Benriach can nail three in a row. The nose is once again sweet and malty, chock full of cooked cereal notes. The virgin oak cask comes across a little clearer than past releases with plenty of fresh sawn lumber and concentrated vanilla notes that only serve to enhance the freshness of the aroma. Underneath it all, a bit of straw and faint lemon peel continues an ongoing theme. The palate is once again remarkably crisp and clean with a lightly oily body that shows a bit less of the chewy texture from the second edition. Elegant notes of vanilla cream, clover honey, and almond cookies offer an impressive depth of flavor to savor across the sip. A bit of barley spice accentuates a gentle, even warmth and propels things into a sweet, silky finish accented by notes of minted syrup, stone fruit, and lemon candies. As Chris said of the second edition, another banger. -

"A fruitcake-like mix of fruity and spicy aromas (dried and fresh orchard fruits, nutmeg, cardamom) fill the nose with a hint of milk chocolate. The palate is rich and malty, with toasted spice flavors, ginger, and cocoa with additional flavor reminiscent of pear cider and mixed dried fruits. There's a well balanced finish that's simultaneously fruity, toasty, and warming with subtle florality." 91 points -

Notes from the producers... Nose: Freshly harvested barley and orchard fruit meld with wild bergamot, pear and meadowsweet honey layered on gently kilned malt. Taste: Smooth creamy malt carries a burst of clementine, floral honey and gentle barley spice. Finish: Medium long, with apricot, malted almond and traces of wild cherry.