Located in the ‘Heart of Speyside’, BenRiach displays all the traditional charm of a Speyside distillery. Built by John Duff in 1898, BenRiach draws its water from the Burnside springs located underground, deep below the distillery. BenRiach became independent in 2004, having been purchased by The BenRiach Distillery Company Limited. This independent ownership allows them to experiment with several interesting wood finishes and it continues to produce whisky from both peated and non-peated malted barley. The BenRiach portrays its own uniqueness through the particular methods and skills of the men who craft the whisky, the ingredients used, the distinctive copper stills and the high quality casks selected for maturation.
This particular whisky is matured for at least 21 years in a combination of four types of casks: bourbon barrels, virgin oak casks, Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and red wine casks. The whisky from these four woods has then been expertly blended together by BenRiach's Master Blender to create a multi-faceted and superbly balanced malt, with each cask type adding unique notes to the taste experience.
BenRiach 21 year old is a bright autumn gold colour. The aromas are of a ripe summer fruit compote with contrasting candied peel and a warming stem ginger background. On the palate, soft vanilla and cinnamon give way to tangy red fruits and citrus peel. Barley sugars and honeyed malt build into the long, sweet and satisfying finish.