Benriach launches four GTR-exclusive whiskiesBy Alice Brooker
Speyside producer Benriach is releasing four malt whiskies exclusively in the global travel retail (GTR) market.
The four expressions include Benriach Quarter Cask, Benriach Smoky Quarter Cask, Benriach Triple Distilled Ten and Benriach 22 Year Old Triple Distilled.
Rachel Barrie, master blender at Benriach Distillery, said: “As international travel will hopefully continue to open this year, whisky lovers will have the opportunity to sample this distinctive range of expressions available exclusively for GTR.
“Our oldest triple distilled expression, the 22 Year Old Triple Distilled, is a complex fruit and oak masterpiece, with rich layers of caramel mocha and morello cherry, overlaid with mellow nutty elegance and the exquisite richness of orange peel, red apple and date.
“The Triple Distilled Ten is layered in glazed fruit, creamy vanilla and honey sweetness alongside vibrant toasted oak spice.”
To produce the Quarter and Smoky Quarter Cask, smaller bespoke casks were used in the second maturation of the whiskies to elevate their fruit-forward character.
Barrie added: “The bespoke quarter casks used in both Benriach Quarter Cask and Benriach Smoky Quarter Cask gives each a very distinctive flavour profile. In Quarter Cask it creates layers of glazed orchard fruit and rich vanilla, finishing with notes of ripe barley and oak spice.
“Smoky Quarter Cask adds layers of ripe fruit, fresh wood smoke and spiced vanilla, with finishing notes of mellow smoke and nutty oak.”
The range is now exclusively available in UK-based airports, and can be bought from global airports from 1 May.
Stephane Morizet, marketing director – GTR, commented: “This exclusive portfolio offering is a powerful statement on how much Benriach firmly believes in the power and strategic role of travel retail.
“Our mission is to enrich travellers’ journeys, and these beautiful expressions offer a wide and unique range of taste exploration for whisky lovers.”
Last year, the brand revealed a new whisky made entirely from barley malted at its floor maltings – the first bottling of its sort in a century. In April 2021, Benriach also unveiled its first visitor centre following a six-figure investment.