First Impression: Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice BenRiach 1969 12 Years Old

[40%・Distilled in 1969・12 Years Old・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling] Nose: It’s astounding that for a young malt the nose carries such a musky perfume tone, rather alluring indeed. Still, there are traces of coarseness that sip out in time.. hay straws, burnt toast and dried flowers. Rounded with notes of cafe later and milk chocolate, the…

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Interview: Share a dram with Mr. Stewart Buchanan of BenRiach

Just a few weeks ago I have the pleasure to sit down and share a few drams with Mr. Stewart Buchanan, the global brand ambassador of The BenRiach Distillery Company recently acquired by Brown-Forman at Pocket Bar in Darlinghurst. During his travel to Australia, Stewart attended a few major whisky events including Whisky Live Sydney and…

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Whisky Review: The BenRiach Aged 12 Years

  Style: Sherry and Lively Nose: Rich red fruits whistling in a lively spirit. Plums, strawberry cake threaded with a thin string of wood spice, cinnamon dust and slightest ginger. Sherry notes meld beautifully with orange malt and massive vanilla custard (this is Spanish Oak, right?). Fresh, sweet, multi-layered aroma. Palate: Gentle, juicy flow of…

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First Impression: BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1

Cheers to Mr. Stewart Buchanan for bringing this whisky down under. A vat of a small batch at cask strength, the youngest being 10 years old, the oldest from 1986. There is an elegant Speyside floral musk on the nose that puts the mind in ease. Pineapples and apricots with a appealing vanilla note. There…

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