Review Stub: BenRiach Heart of Speyside

This is part of my 5cl BenRiach distillery collection (HoS, 12, 16, 20) that I will be reviewing throughout May and June.

BenRiach seems to be fond of their slogan, “The heart of Speyside”.  I don’t know Speyside enough to confirm such a claim, but I can surely say, it’s a pretty good, easy drinking 40% whisky.

Nose: Pear jolly rancher, honey, oak and hay. Savoury spice package with cloves. Makes it kind of meaty. Like clove-spiced mince.

Palate:  Medium oily. Sweet canned pears in syrup. Sweet white wine, like a Riesling or gewurztraminer. Honey and cloves. Coffee chocolates.

Finish: Short. Mostly pear jolly rancher, white wine and malt.

Grade: C+

If this is indicative of what the rest of the BenRiach collection is going to be like, then the 12 should embarass the similar offerings by Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. I have read unfavourable reviews for the 12yo, but they were all at 40%, whereas this new batch is at 43%. With hope, that’s the winning formula.


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