The 120-year-old Speyside distillery has also given its whisky range a new look
Located in north Speyside, the distillery is known for its classic, peated and triple distilled whiskies and the revamped range is intended to display ‘the diversity and versatility of Benriach’s orchard fruit-laden style.’
All the whiskies in the range have been given an overhaul with new blends by master blender Dr Rachel Barrie.
The four-strong core range will now consist of a new Original Ten, Smoky Ten, The Twelve (Imbibe’s favourite of the tasting) and Smoky Twelve.
The first two are richly flavoured with rounded malt character, with The Twelve offering more layers of fruit flavours, while the two smoky offerings ‘explore the sweet smokiness of Benriach, enriched through innovative combinations of rum, virgin oak and Marsala casks interwoven with more traditional Bourbon and Sherry,’ said Barrie.
These will be joined by three more premium single malts - Twenty One, Twenty Five and Thirty - all of which are matured in a diverse selection of oak casks – and a new small batch, limited edition of ‘Malting Season’ expressions is in the pipeline, to celebrate the fact that Benriach is one of just two distilleries in Speyside still to practice traditional floor malting on site.
Benriach’s seasonal peated spirit production will also be captured in a new ‘Smoke Season’ bottling, and its travel retail Cask Edition Programme will also live on, featuring the Triple Distilled aged 10 years, as well as Quarter Cask and Smoky Quarter Cask expressions.
‘The new range perfectly marries tradition and innovation that is central to Benriach’s story. Inspired by the 1994 bottling of the Original Ten, with its fruit-laden complexity and smooth, rounded taste, the new range re-imagines the 1898 origins of Benriach, brought to life in the 21st century through fusing distilling styles with extraordinary casks,’ said Barrie.
The distillery is also building its first official visitor centre, which it expects to open later this year.