Back to the core

BENRIACH Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years has been reintroduced into the Speyside distillery’s core range in time for Christmas.

Made using three styles of sherry cask maturation – full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask finishing – the 12 year old expression is said to offer “layers of fruit sweetness and toasted oak spice”, with a “dessert-like finish”.

The 46% ABV Scotch will join the core collection of BenRiach, which distills three malt whisky styles – unpeated, peated and triple distilled – and claims to hold “some of the most experimental casks in Speyside”.

The distillery is also said to be one of two remaining distilleries in Speyside which distills whisky using malted barley from its own on-site floor maltings.

Master blender Rachel Barrie said: “BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 uses three-way sherry wood maturation, a creative approach where each facet is combined in harmony to deliver a rich and balanced taste.

“The result – a multi-layered single malt Scotch whisky with notes of fruit cocktail, lifting spices, honeyed caramel and chocolate sweetness – an enrichment of BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style.”