Insider knowledge: BenRiach 16 Year Old Sauternes Finish whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be BenRiach 16 Year Old Sauternes Finish whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Nutty, gristy notes; almonds, hazelnuts and hints of cereal and flour. Sherried.
Palate: Thick and chewy, with a supple depth. Refined sweetness, intense vanilla and oaky spices.
Finish: Oaked spices, peppery smoke.
Ben Riach are getting themselves a reputation for knocking out some very good cask finishes. Some work better than others and this Sauternes release is one of those. Sweet, delicate nose but carrying through a rich warming flavour. Great for the price - tasted at the Manchester Whisky Club
14th April 2014
This is a wonderful malt, honey honey smooth and we'll balanced.
Can't beat it for the money, shame they only made 1600 or so bottles, I have purchased a few as it will all go!
14th March 2014
16 year old Benriach finished in Sauternes casks should tell you this will be a bottle to savor. Similar in profile to Glenmorangie's Nectar D'or, but with a slightly broader, brisker taste, plenty of complexity and a long rewarding finish. Limited number of bottles produced so worth seeking out a couple at the earliest opportunity. Non chill filtered and no added coloring, just gorgeous stuff.
10th March 2013