Following yesterday’s review of BenRiach 21 Four Oak let’s have another BenRiach review for the road for those who goes back to work today after the beautiful spring weekend.
Since it was a great weekend, full of greenery and flowers, let’s review something special, a very old peated BenRiach, the BenRiach Authenticus 30 Years Old.
The 30 Year Old is the logical successor after BenRiach has released following the 21 Year Old and 25 Year Old in the past, it’s a non chill filtered, au naturale colour and bottled at 46%.
BenRiach Authenticus 30 Years Old (46%, £300/€498)
Nose: Great mellow and subtle smoke and you feel the age impact on the peat. Sweet honeyed fruit, and just like with the 35 yo it has a tropical edge, melon, peach, and kiwi but laced with smoke. After a while also pink grapefruit. Velvety and perfumey.
Palate: Vanilla, sour sweet tropical fruits, melon, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, grapefruit, followed by peat smoke and subtle oak spices.
Finish: Short medium length, smoked tropical fruit, grapefruit, papaya, kiwi and eventually sweet smoke and oak spices.
Thoughts: Stunning whisky! I’m a sucker for those fruity notes of aged whisky and after 30 years the peat is mellow and subtle, becoming just another player in the symphony of this lovely whisky.