Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition Review

What’s the difference between release 1 and the Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition? Nothing. Well, the whisky itself obviously because it’s a new batch, but when it comes to the actual specs, the answer is nothing.

It’s still a “double cask” release employing both new charred and used bourbon barrels, still peated, bottled at 105.6 proof, still about $75. So when it comes to the coverage of the details everything is the same. But when it comes to the whisky itself…

Let’s get to drinkin’!

Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition – Details and Tasting Notes


Whiskey Details

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Distiller: Benriach

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, New Charred Oak
Age: NAS (3+ Years)
ABV: 52.8%

Batch: 2

Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition Price: $75*

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“The spirit is the result of exploring 100% intensely peated malt, batch distilled and matured in first fill bourbon barrels combined with a high proportion of charred and toasted American virgin oak casks.” – Benriach

Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition Tasting Notes


Smoked and candied banana a’la Bananas Foster, graham, marshmallow, slightly nutty.

Peaty banana… that’s the majority of what I’m getting on this.

Smoked banana, caramel, hay, cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, Honey Nut Cheerios and a slight waxiness.

Palate is more complex than the nose and brings up some warmer earthier notes. Adding water brings up some light minerally-spirity notes, but it doesn’t come across as raw.

Long -> Peat, Honey Nut Cheerios, banana, and malt.

Decent balance, medium-full body and a light oily feel.

Benriach Smoke Season 2nd Edition – Overall Thoughts and Score

It’s noticeably less minerally than last year’s release, but it’s also noticeably more fruity with a heavy leaning towards the banana side of things. In fact, if I had to sum it up in three words they would be “smoked banana taffy”.

Now, is that necessarily a bad thing? No, I rather dig it. Is it something that sounds appealing to you? Well, that’s between you and your tastebuds and flavor preferences. Me, I like things that are a tad perverse in their combinations and this Benrich Smoke Season 2nd Edition fits that bill.

SCORE: 3/5 (above average, worth checking out ~ B- | 80-82)

*Disclosure: The sample for this Scotch review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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