BENRIACH 27 ans 1994 First-Fill Smoky Oloroso Puncheon Single Cask 2057 Antipodes
Nose: rich, concentrated. Characterised by notes of truffle, earth and root (ginger), the first nose also reveals a very pleasant fruity smoothness (plum, apple, quince). Allowed to breathe, the aroma palette becomes increasingly chocolatey, oily (black olive), intensely smoky (ash) and medicinal (sleet). The similarities with Laphroaig are clear with the addition of more and more exotic notes (pineapple, banana, passion fruit).
Palate: both unctuous and mineral. The fruity-soft (pear) and honeyed (acacia) attack is also animal (bacon, fish), peaty and smoky. On the mid-palate, notes of ash and tobacco (Havana cigar) give the flavour palette more intensity. The rich end of the palate is an invitation to enjoy a choice of roasted apple, roasted pineapple or a lively and invigorating verbena liqueur.
Finish: long, silky. Wavering between a salty, medicinal peat and a particularly fresh and juicy fruitiness, the start of the finish demonstrates perfect balance. Gradually, the flavour palette becomes more empyreumatic (chimney fire, soot), while a chocolatey peat definitively gains the upper hand. On the retro-nasal olfaction, agave flavours add a vegetal freshness. The empty glass is at once malty, camphoric and rich (artichoke heart).