Single Malt Aficionados Club
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Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The Single Malt Aficionados' Club is dedicated to seeking out and enjoying the rarest and most classic of truly aged malts, has a limit of $119.99, per shipment on the cost for the bottle itself.(Does not include tax and or shipping) That's it. No strings just pure enjoyment.
In October 2013 our members received:
BenRiach 23 Year Old Cask Strength
This month’s selection has had a troubled distant history, but its future looks to be as bright as any. We bring you a independent bottling of BenRiach 23 year bottled by A.D. Rattray.
The meaning of this distillery’s name has been a little hard to parse out. The Gaelic meanings have been lost over time and can be taken to mean “Grey/Speckled Mountain,” a bizarre amalgamation of “Mountain Marsh,” or as the current marketers have decided, “Hill of the Red Deer.” Benriach is located in the heart of Speyside, halfway between the village of Rothes and the town of Elgin, in the North-East of Scotland.
Benriach was built in 1898 next to its sister distillery Longmorn. When it was first opened, this distillery was known locally as ‘Longmorn 2.’ John Duff, the founder of both of these distilleries (and formerly a manager at Glendronach) would not be called a lucky man, and he was ruined in the Pattison Crash. For those that don’t recall their Scotch whisky history, the Pattison Crash was when the massive marketer and wholesaler of Scotch Whisky, Pattison, Elder and Co, collapsed and took almost 20% of the operating whisky producers down with them. (In 1899 there were 161 distilleries operating in Scotland, less than a decade later in 1908 just 132 remained; simply put, the bubble had burst.) The first iteration of BenRiach operated for only two years till it went quiet for the next six and a half decades. In 1965 it was reopened by the Glenlivet distillers and has been operating almost continuously under a variety of ownerships since then.In 2007 BenRiach distillery was crowned “Whisky Distiller of the Year” at the annual Icons of Whisky Scotland Awards. In 2008 theBenRiach Distillery Company Ltd, purchased the GlenDronach Distillery, and early in 2013 they acquired the Glanglassaugh distillery. From our current viewpoint BenRiach looks to be a distillery on the rise.
The distillery sources its water from the Burnside springs located deep below the distillery. Currently the production of new spirit stand at more than 400,000 gallons of new spirit a year. Approximately 90% of the new production is unpeated with the remainder being peated to around 55ppm peat. However, this month’s selection is from the majority unpeated spirit. BenRiach Distillery is one of the last remaining malt distilleries to maintain traditional operational floor malting’s, characterized by its classic pagoda style chimney.
The BenRiach 23 year old has a truly lovely nose of vanilla, butterscotch, salted fudge, cereal grains, and a touch of grass and melon. The palate shows some upfront spice towards the cinnamon and clove leading to tropical fruits, mangosteen, a little coco and a touch of unroasted nuts. We hope you enjoy this bottle as much as we have enjoyed tasting our sample!