BenRiach 18 Years Old Latada

Peaty Friday Episode 29

The BenRiach 18 Years Old Latada, named after the traditional trellised vine system on the island of Madeira, is the latest addition to the distillery’s ‘heavily peated range’. This strictly limited expression was matured in American Oak casks and then finished in Madeira wine casks.

I really liked the first two bottlings (Albarzia and Dunder) in the series, although both were not up to my (admittedly high) expectations. Maybe third time’s the charm.


BenRiach 18 Years Old Latada

BenRiach 18 Years Old Latada









Name: BenRiach 18 Years Old Latada
Bottled: 2015
Age: 18 Years Old
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: BenRiach
Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon Barrels, Finished in Madeira Wine Casks
Number of bottles: 4,001
Strength: 46.0% Vol.
Colored: No
Chill Filtered: No


At first, pretty “camping-like”, if you know what I mean: campfire smoke, mossy stones, grass and wet leaves. Gets more fruitier with some time. Overripe melons, white grapes and pears. Also raspberries candies and marzipan. Some herbs. Hints of vanilla, leather and… iodine? Never had this in a non-Islay before. Interesting. Great nose, everything works well together.


Dry smoke with earthy and peaty undertones. Honeyed bananas, dried fruits and bitter citrus fruits, grapefruits perhaps. Some charred oak in the back. Pretty good but quite different than the nose would suggest.


Long with lots of dry smoke. Dried citrus fruits and tea leaves. A bit weak compared to the rest.


The best of the series for me. Highly pleasant, but it needs time to grow on you. It’s just too bad that the finish is a bit weak, because otherwise the score would be even higher!

Score: 88 / 100


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