Dram Review: The BenRiach Single Cask 1971 for Shinanoya and BBI Japan

[45.1%・40 Years Old・Distilled in 1971・Bottled in 2012・Official Bottling for Shinanoya and BBI Japan・Cask No. 330・Single Cask Release of 216 Bottles]

Nose:

I think this may just carry the sweetest, fruitiest nose I have encountered, truly captivating and brilliant; can pineapples, apricots and tropical fruits, vanilla custard blended with the fruity nectar and dusted with icing sugar.

Palate & Finish:

Again, brilliant sweetness on the palate, sugar cured watermelon slices stacked with crumble made with ripe green apples and spiced up with some vanilla grain. Banana essence, citrus marmalade and some delicate cinnamon dust are later added slowly into the mix.

A velvet-y finish with the banana custard and French vanilla leading traces of shortbread, a joyous moment stretched satisfyingly..

Thoughts:

Such endearing characters, I have not had a lovelier BenRiach.. a brilliance that seemingly developed from the spirit evolving in the cask for more than 4 decades.. I have felt something similar after the White Bowmore..

I will remember to look for other 1971 vintages to see if they are also some of the best fruit bombs I have had..

☆☆☆ [Most Recommended]

-Nicholas