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This BenRiach was matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in ex-dark rum barrels from Jamaica. It was released in November 2006 as part of the first BenRiach “Wood Finish Series”.
The nose is light and floral. Notes of apples and banana come first, followed by cereal and vanilla flavours. Interestingly, I did not get any rum flavours. This is a pleasant but somewhat one-dimensional nose.
The palate is medium-bodied, sweet and just a bit spicy. There are more apple and banana flavours, followed by caramel and vanilla. I also got some notes of milk chocolate and a little bit of rum.
The finish is short, sugary and a bit spicy.
This is a single malt with a pretty uneventful taste profile. The rum influence is there but greatly subdued in my opinion. Nicely drinkable but not more.