BenRiach has announced the release of Cask Bottling Batch 16. The latest batch of the Speyside distillery includes 24 single cask whiskies. The 16 unpeated and 8 peated cask bottlings were aged in a selection of cask types sourced from around the world: Virgin oak, Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry, port, claret, marsala, madeira, sauternes, rioja, tokaji and South African red wine, Jamaican rum, and bourbon casks. Each bottle is filled exclusively from one of these individual cask types.
BenRiach Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie: “There is no better insight into our intriguing palette of flavour than BenRiach Cask Bottling Batch 16. Featuring 24 different casks, this release provides a rare opportunity to explore the many facets of BenRiach maturation in one batch, something us whisky makers are lucky to do every day. Batch 16 offers the sweet side of Sicilian Marsala wood, smoked plum of the Rioja cask and a dark manuka honey palate of the 30 year old Tokaji; there is a journey and a story behind each cask bottling to be enjoyed by whisky explorers.”
From this batch, 12 casks will be available in Europe and 12 casks in Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Canada from June 2019. Depending on the expression, the ABV ranges from 46.5% to 61.6%. All are non-chill filtered and of natural colour.