I’ve long been a fan of BenRiach, but never had the chance to sit down and do a back-to-back run of their core… till now. A b2b I’m kicking off with this: BenRiach The Original Ten. Created from a mix of ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and Virgin Oak barrels it’s a nice mix of profiles blended harmoniously by the one and only Dr. Rachel Barrie.
This triple cask maturation is the hallmark of the new BenRiach, a shift that brings extra complexity and deliciousness to the profiles stuck in my mind from past tastings. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to dig into this Scotch and see what it’s all about these days.
BenRiach The Original Ten – Details and Tasting Notes
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-bourbon, ex-sherry, virgin oak barrels
Age: 10 years
Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Tropical and dried orchard fruit, yellow raisins, malt, french vanilla, jelly beans and toffee.
Malty, fruity, vanilla, toffee, earthy hay and herbal notes with touches of banana bread and dried apricots.
Medium -> Fruit and malt.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Good sense of balance, medium body, soft and easy feel.
BenRiach The Original Ten – Overall
Aroma is a tad waxy, not Clyenlish level, and has a nice earthy-malty character that sits alongside a warm fruitiness that comes through like a gourmet fruit candy; Palate is rather basic but is good and fruity with a strong malty presence that’s super easy to sip and enjoy; Finish is warm, soft and fruity.
This is a decent whisky. It’s not crazy deep or explosive, but it is warm, tasty and easy to mix with.
BenRiach The Original Ten – Final Thoughts and Score
It’s a basic malt, and I definitely want more out of it, but for being an entry-level malt at 43% it’s nice. Nothing off or unpleasant about it, just light and soft – which isn’t a bad thing at all. We need these on the shelves and in our lineups.
BenRiach The Original Ten is a great intro to BenRiach, Speyside and Single Malt Scotch in general and I’d happily recommend it to new Scotch drinkers as a way to get to know the basic profile of Scotch whisky. It’s a tasty easy drinker and the perfect gateway into the rest of what Scotland has to offer.
*Disclosure: The sample for this single malt Scotch review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
BenRiach The Original Ten Review
A Basic but beautiful malt that serves as a great intro to the fruity-malty Speyside profile with plenty to offer the casual neat sipper.