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BenRiach 1984 27 Year Old Single Cask Peated Tawny Port Finish

Three More BenRiachs - Part II

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

7th Dec 2013


BenRiach 1984 27 Year Old Single Cask Peated Tawny Port Finish
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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BenRiach has a staggering number of single cask releases. This particular one is very interesting: peated malt distilled on Oct 10 1984, then matured for 27 years, first in hogshead #4050 then finished in a tawny port cask, yielding in 2012 283 bottles. This comes from their ninth batch of limited releases. It is non-coloured and non-chill-filtered.

The colour is like that of a dark rum. On the nose - wow. Meaty and rich, a perfect balance between peat and dark fruit. Rum-raisin, papaya and dry hay (in fact, an entire barnyard is in here). A dry, recently emptied humidor. Musty, more so with water. I love it.

On the palate, the port walks in and almost takes over. Beef stock, raspberries, fruit syrup, mocha. Very earthy and grapey. Some nice spice to it as well. Water brings the peat more in balance with everything else. Beautifully done.

The finish is long and deep, fruitiness everywhere sprinkled with paprika. This is wonderful, enormously complex and balanced. Absolutely delicious. Unforgettable - and thankfully so, since the chances of coming across another bottle of this is extremely unlikely!

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Onibubba commented

Thanks for the reviews! These all sound great, but this one. Wow. I have just recently tried two single barrel BenRiachs. Both were excellent enough that I went back and purchased additional bottles. Do you mind messaging me - or just replying here - with the cost? The two I tried were 15 and 17 years old. Both just shy of $100.

Definitely a new distillery for my short list.

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talexander commented

Both BenRiach single cask whiskies were samples from my friend Igor Kossov (The Whisky VIP!) According to the Kensington Wine Market website, the 1983 29 Year Old is CDN$205.99 (sold out at that retailer). I don't know what the 1984 27 Year Old retails for.

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