Benriach 34 (Batch 8 Cask #1034 PX Finish) Review

This is a 34 year Benriach expression that was distilled in 1977 and later finished in a PX cask before being bottled at 54.3% ABV.

Nose: The PX makes itself known off the bat alongside gunflint and mineral oils. Raisins emerge after a bit topped with brown sugar with some new leather appearing towards the end.

Palate: Punchy sherry up front with old oak cleverly masked in the background behind fresh grapes, apple peals, strawberry shortcake, and oddly enough a bit of hay.

Finish: Ripe strawberries with dark cocoa and a rich sherry continue as the oak dries out.

Rating: 93/100 – The PX sherry finish lends a reasonable amount of fruitiness, but more importantly it really helps overpower a lot of what I’d guess is old, bitter oak and thus strikes a great balance here.

Value for the money: I think these retailed around $350-$400, and I think that’s a bit steep, but not too far off. I’d probably pay up to $300 or so for a bottle.

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