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Benriach 13 Year Old Maderensis Madeira Finish

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@galgReview by @galg

20th Jul 2011

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After two non peated beauties, we come back to the peated land. It’s Speyside, yes i know, but if you remember my previous BenRiach posts, i quite liked their peated line. How will this Madeira finish fare? will it be in par with the sherry / rum ‘Fumosuses’? Let’s dive in. Nose first, of course!

The BenRiach 13 yo Maderensis Fumosus , 46% ABV ,£30 Nose: Peat smoke, with a lot of sweet tropical fruit. A kind of a peat lollipop, with a pinch of cinnamon added to it. Palate:Oodles of sweet peat smoke, cocoa, butterscotch and the spices from the nose. the tropical fruits, are all but gone. Finish : bitter wood, peat, cocoa, with a bitter sweet edge.

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Another peaty lollipop from The BanRiach. If you like peat combined with fruity, sweet, tropical fruit, this is your dram.I quite liked it, and it’s really on the sweeter side, with the dry peat balancing it out. Not your everyday dram, but a wonderful after dinner dram, with a cigar, or even with some dark chocolate. nice touch on the 46% ABV. all whiskies should be bottled at 46% min.

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5 comments

@lucadanna1985
lucadanna1985 commented

Hi Gal, nice review as always...how do you compare the peated expressions by Benriach to Ardmore? are they similar or it's another kind of peat?

11 years ago 0

@galg
galg commented

Luca, Well, it's not quite the same. but i've not had that many Ardmores...

11 years ago 0

@lucadanna1985
lucadanna1985 commented

that's fine, as a peat freak I'm always interested in expanding my peaty horizons!

11 years ago 0

@galg
galg commented

Luca, i know you are! wait for tomorroow i'm posting my notes of the 21 year old Authenticus on the blog (whiskyisrael.co.il)... that one is a stunner! any new bottles on your side?

11 years ago 0

@lucadanna1985
lucadanna1985 commented

I've two Port Ellen's by Old Bothwell (27 and 28 yo, the latter from a puncheon), an independent Caol Ila (15 yo in a refill sherry butt), another independent bourbon matured 14 yo Ardmore...yes I think those are the highliths from my peaty side fo the moon!

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