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Benriach The Smoky Ten

(70cl, 46%)

Benriach The Smoky Ten

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Benriach The Smoky Ten Bottling Note

The Smoky Ten from Benriach's core range launched in 2020 shows off the distillery's skill at working with peated malt. Master blender Dr. Rachel Barrie and her team created this expression using whisky matured in bourbon barrels, toasted virgin oak casks and Jamaican rum casks, building a delicious flavour profile of ripe fruit and creamy spices to support the peaty wafts at its core. Top post-dinner dram, this!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Toasted coconut, aromatic smoke and a touch of greengage.

Palate: Cinnamon, ginger and dry smoke, shortly followed by maple syrup and peach.

Finish: Waves of fresh vanilla, salted butter and toasted barley.

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Benriach The Smoky Ten Reviews

A summer BBQ in a glass

Cracking presentation on this. A lovely bright orange natural colour (as confirmed in tiny writing on the back of the case) and bottled at 46%. Fairly unique 3 cask maturation: Bourbon, Rum, Virgin Oak. Benriach have relaunched their entire core range and each one features a varying cask selection. This enables the consumer to pick one based on his preferences rather than having an entire range dedicated to 1 type of cask. I think this is a good move however I'm not sure if the regular bar fly will be able to discern the various types on a night out. Not a problem at the moment alas.

Nose - soft tropical fruits - pineapple, mango. Wood smoke, not a medicinal or briny smoke.
Taste - Sweet & creamy, smoke arrives in different waves, you feel there is a fight going on between the non-peated and the peated malt elements. Very ripe tropical fruit
Finish - Sweet and spicy. The Virgin oak comes through on the finish and adds some baking spice to the mix. The smoke is evidently there but it is fairly toned down.

Overall. This is a well constructed dram and the 3 casks work very well together. I've seen this previously described as 'A summer BBQ in a glass' - and I think that's a great assessment. You can definitely imagine enjoying one while cooking some jerk chicken outside on the grill whilst a mango salad awaits in the fridge.

13th February 2021

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