Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - Intense smokiness with hidden red fruits and wet clay characterize the aromas of this powerful spirit. Rich in the mouth with rounded kiss of sweetness, the flavors are bacony with generous peat and campfire flavors that last on and on. (Mar 2015)
Unusually for a Speyside distillery, we distil whisky from both styles of malted barley, non peated and peated, enabling us to capture the defining taste and aroma of peat reek in a few of our special bottlings.
BenRiach ‘Solstice’ is one such expression – distilled from heavily peated malted barley, the whisky has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels, before being finished in aged Tawny Port pipes, sourced from the Duoro region in the north of Portugal. The overall maturation period, across both styles of wood is a minimum of 15 years.