Benriach 24 Years – 1997 Cask 15058 is the classic unpeated Benriach aged for 24 years in an Oloroso Puncheon. Which, on the surface sounds like it should be dynamite. Classic tasty Benriach in sherry? Yes please.
Which also makes it a pretty simple, straight forward whisky to talk about up here. So… let’s get to drinkin’!
Benriach 24 Years – 1997 Cask 15058 – Details and Tasting Notes
Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Oloroso Puncheon
Age: 24 Years
Benriach 24 Years – 1997 Cask 15058 Price: $380*
Benriach 24 Years – 1997 Cask 15058 Tasting Notes
Strawberry shortcake, caramel, malt, toasted nuts, vanilla, butterscotch, malt and some waxiness and earthy spice.
The nose is dynamic, but a bit of water takes it to the next level.
Buttery caramel, dried fruit, strawberry shortcake, toasted nuts, cocoa, butterscotch, malt, oak, spice, and waxiness.
It’s a slow-building thunder of a palate. It starts soft and builds to a complex array of flavors.
Long -> Sunkist, dried fruit, oak, spice and a slight metallic note.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Well, full, heavy
Benriach 24 Years – 1997 Cask 15058 – Overall Thoughts and Score
Cherry cask, honey barrel, call it what you will, this is one. It’s a dynamic and complex delivery that moves deeply from sweet to earthy and does it with grace and balance. This is the kind of whisky I want to sit on my couch and sip after a long day.
Looking back at some of my notes, the only other BenRiach I’ve really liked as much as this one is the Benriach 25 and that was a super tasty BenRiach in my book. This though is about as close to a modern legend from BenRiach as you’re going to get.
SCORE: 4.5/5 (very good, highly recommended ~ A- | 90-93)
*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.
Benriach 24 Years – 1997 Cask 15058 Review