Yesterday I reviewed a couple of Macallans, so I thought I'd stick with the Speyside malt theme. This one is a NAS BenRiach, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. As the distillery now does their own maltings, the label shows a couple of monkeys turning the barley with their shovels, complaining about needing a massage! Only 58 bottles were produced. This bottle has been open for well over a year, I think.
The colour is a slightly cloudy medium gold. On the nose there is a heathery peat interwoven with light toffee and vanilla. Pear, apple skins and raspberry. Thick honey. An herb garden. Linseed oil. Nicely malty, but not too sweet. Avoid water, it simply mutes all the notes in the nose and palate.
On the palate, the peat becomes more apparent, with caramel, vanilla pods and more berries. Sour cherries. Lots of lemon. Walnuts. Overall, quite fruity with strong bourbon-cask influence.
The finish is medium length, with swirling Speyside peat, and more caramel and vanilla. This is as good a peated Speysider as you're going to get these days, a nice combination of peat, bourbon-barrel notes and delicious malty spirit. However, this is now virtually impossible to find.