Nose: Light fruits. Fresh pears, pineapple, apple, cinnamon, honey, and creamy white chocolate. Wow. This is really fresh, fruity, and vibrant, given that it’s an older release.
Palate: Creamy arrival. Mild nuts, seared vanilla, honey, pears, and apple. The characteristic gentle peat found across the core range is here, but slightly smoother and more subdued with age.
Finish: Medium finish. Melon, spice, and the faintest hint of charred oak.
Thoughts: Good, but it should be more rounded given the age. Also, the nose promises a fresher and fruitier dram than what’s given. As it goes, the core range of Benriach remains tasty, but a bit too safe. Being a lover of their more eccentric releases, I can hardly resent the brand for keeping it simple with their core range. But the core range is not where this distillery excels.