In a nutshell: A richly layered Speyside single malt matured in ex-bourbon and oloroso sherry and virgin oak casks.
The lowdown: Aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry and virgon oak casks this delicious 10 year old Speysider retains a fresh and lively character while capturing aromas of warm oak spices, green apple, dried apricots, peach and banana. There's also some subtle touches of aniseed, lemon zest and barley giving further layers of complexity.
Founded at the end of the nineteenth century this Speyside distillery is a little to the south of Elgin, Morayshire.
Throughout its early life it had a somewhat chequered history before, under new ownership, the 1960s saw something of a resurgence. Following further changes of ownership it was mothballed by Seagrams prior to being purchased by a South African company Infra Trading in 2004.
It's since this time Benriach has built the reputation that has earned it high regard among many aficionados and while it has again undergone a further change of ownership - this time for a considerable amount of money - to the American Brown-Forman group of Louisville Kentucky it's prospects continue to look very healthy.
It's one of only two Speyside distilleries to have their own maltings.