At the end of 2014, GlenDronach replaced their 14 Year Old Sauternes by a 12 Year Old Sauternes. Shortly after, BenRiach followed suit and replaced their 16 Years Old Sauternes by a 15 Years Old Sauternes (on a side note: both distilleries are owned by Benriach Distillery Company).
Later today I will also review this new Sauternes expression from BenRiach, but now it is time for BenRiach 16 Years Old Sauternes Finish.
|Name:||BenRiach 16 Years Old Sauternes Finish|
|Bottling series:||Wood Finish Series|
|Age:||16 Years Old|
|Category:||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask Type:||Ex-Bourbon Barrels, Finished in Sauternes Casks|
The Sauternes brings in some honey sweetness including some very subtle noble rote. With some times sweet raisins and white wine must evolve. Now also a touch citric. Undertones of hay.
Feels a bit like chewing on sticky caramel. Touches of vanilla balanced by white pepper. Then the oak has its big appearance.
Long with peppery oak.
Do not expect a big, sweet dessert whisky. This is a more wood driven expression and the Sauternes is rather subtle. Still nicely balanced and pleasant
Score: 85 / 100