Benriach 29 – Batch #13 1986/2016 Cask #7569 Review

This is a 29 year peated Benriach that was finished in Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 51% ABV.

Nose: Very light and fruity with almond extract up front, berries, vanilla, wisps of smoke, wheat buns, raisins, and subtle peat.

Palate: Heavy honey up front with quark and berries – turns oak heavy after a bit with more sherry seasoned old oak, worn leather, and oddly enough some lucky charms marshmallows (that really weird artificial, yet delicious marshmallow taste).

Finish: Dry oak, turns slightly bitter and peppery.

Rating: 85/100 – A robust malt where the peat is incredibly subtle, yet adds some interesting balance with a nice Oloroso finish.

Value for the money: These retailed for a little over $200 which is a pretty decent price given its age/quality.

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