Nose: Almonds, grain, vanilla, cream, butter, and white rice. Light oak and peat are in there, too. After some time, there are also some nice tropical fruit notes, albeit faint. Touches of coconut and pineapple.
Palate: Barley, fresh wheat, and late-summer grass. There’s also some mild peat coming through. Extremely nutty throughout.
Finish: Ends on a burnt pastry note. Burnt butter, malt, and peat. Citrus rind comes in just at the end.
Thoughts: I like the nutty character. I like the mild grass and peat in here. While I’ve become accustomed to the more ‘fanciful’ releases from this brand, this is certainly a pleasant, straight-forward BenRiach. It demonstrates the core flavours that are built on by their finished releases. Unfortunately it’s not as characterful as their wood finishes or peated expressions.