Benriach debuts second Malting Season whisky
Speyside distillery Benriach has released the second edition of its single malt made entirely from barley malted at its floor maltings.
The inaugural edition of Benriach Malting Season was released in August 2021 and was described as the first bottling of its kind from the Brown-Forman-owned distillery in a century.
This new edition is made from concerto barley, chosen by master blender Rachel Barrie for its cereal flavour. The spirit was matured in 30 first-fill Bourbon casks in Benriach’s dunnage warehouses, which were all distilled on 20 November 2013.
Stewart Buchanan, global brand ambassador at Benriach, said: “Passed from maltster to maltster throughout the generations, the highly skilled process of floor malting keeps a traditional part of the whisky making process alive, paying homage to Benriach’s creative whisky making heritage.
“Each new edition of Malting Season will use carefully selected types of barley and bottling strength, making each annual edition one of a kind in their own right.”
The resulting liquid has malt sweetness on the nose with barley sugar, mandarin, and white chocolate.
The palate leads to flavours of honeycomb infused with citrus and orchard apple, followed by a finish of fruit, malt and vanilla cream.
The single malt is available exclusively from the Benriach visitor centre in Elgin before being sold across global markets, including the US, from June 2022.
The second edition is bottled at 48.9% ABV and priced at RRP £99 (US$122) in the UK.
Benriach opened its first visitor centre in May 2021 following a six-figure investment.
Alan McConnochie, manager of The GlenDronach, Benriach and Glenglassaugh Scotch distilleries, retired last month after 50 years in the whisky trade.