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A potent, high-strength 12yo single malt from Benriach with one extremely unusual feature - it's been triple-distilled. Horizons has finished in sherry casks usefull leg after initial maturation in bourbon wood, and bone has bottled without coloring or chill-filtration.
Vinous, peat smoke, salt licorice, bitter chocolate and mint, kind of After eights', but also typical bandaid notes appear.
A strong peat smoke completely dominates the arrival. After it calms down, sour fruit, sour plum and red currants develops on the palate, still very interactive with the peat and I am impressed with the balance.
Long and lingering finish, again peat smoke of course band aid and hints of licorice.
I tasted this blind and thought it could be either Kilchoman Port wood or Longrow Red 11 yo Port, I have tasted neither one of these two. However, it felt a bit too matured to be a Kilchoman but sometimes the youth is very well hidden behind the peat. Anyway, quite surprised it was a BenRiach but I shouldn't be. They make excellent peated whiskies. If you like peated whisky but would like to try something not Islay, this is something for you.
(Rating interval 85-88p)
Sweet honey and vanilla. Golden delicious apples and barely spirit. Some light fresh floral notes as well.
Again vanilla, sweet custard, honey and fresh fruit. It has a quite light texture. Some green fruity notes as well.
The finish is short in length with vanilla ice cream and oaky pepper.
It's not an obvious malt whisky, if tasted blind it might as well been either a good scotch blend or an Irish whisky. It's a competent whisky but not fabulous. I expected more I guess. But if you prefer smooth Irish whiskies or other triple distilled, like Auchentoshan or Hazelburn you will probably enjoy this one.
(Rating interval 81-85)
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