Appearance : topaz with copper hues.
Nose : rich, complex. The exotic (mango), spicy (nutmeg), empyreumatic (beeswax, apricot stone), honeyed (heather) and intensely malty first nose shows an awe-inspiring depth of field. Allowed to breathe, it develops notes of stone fruit (sweet chestnut, walnut, chestnut) and heady florals (iris, lily). Gradually it becomes chocolatey, waxy and jammy (raspberry, quince). Subtle notes of burnt wood and gentian gradually fill the aromatic palette.
Palate : full-bodied, delicate. With rare elegance, the attack invites us to enjoy a delicious raspberry tart. The mid-palate then makes a complete about-turn. Very noble notes of tobacco and spice bread bring the aromatic palette towards a deliberately more tertiary register. The reddy rays of a setting sun cast magnificent copper tones on a very chocolatey, heady (lilac, iris butter) and powdery end of the palate.
Overall : long, rich. At the start of the finish, chocolate cedes to vanilla as the aromas of a smoking Havana cigar literally fill the air. Dedicated entirely to fruit (Mirabelle plum, greengage plum, Belle de Boskoop apple, black cherry, bramble), the end of the palate is particularly expressive. On the retro- nasal olfaction, Kaffir lime, bergamot and plantain banana add a very fresh and juicy touch of exoticism. The empty glass is camphoric, spicy (clove, ginger), fruity (blood orange), herbaceous (cut hay) and liquoricey.
BENRIACH 38 YO 1981 Peated Bourbon Barrel 46.6%
Quantity limited to 1 bottle by client.
Unpeated aged Benriachs have always been extremely popular with enthusiasts throughout the world. Some bottlings from the late 60s and 70s have even become cult hits. Packed with all the elements for which this single malt from the heart of Speyside is renowned, this venerable version has entirely resisted the ravages of time. With a remarkably fresh expression, it draws its multi- faceted and exuberant fruit from a bottomless well. Also incredibly natural, it boasts an inner beauty full of charm and resplendent maturity.
Profile: the complex initial nose is exotic (mango), spicy (nutmeg) and intensely malty. Allowed to breathe, it develops nutty notes (sweet chestnut, chestnut) and heady florals (iris). The delicate attack invites us to enjoy a raspberry tart. Taking a completely new tack, the mid-palate is characterized by notes of tobacco and spice bread. The rich finish is vanilla and above all extremely fruity (Mirabelle plum, greengage plum, black cherry). The retronasal olfaction is exotic (Kaffir lime, plantain banana).