A life in drinks: From wine to whisky

I liked this so much I bought three of them!

BenRiach 1999 ©Colin Hampden-White

BenRiach 1999 ©Colin Hampden-White

Benriach 1999 Cask 9424 15yr old bottled June 2014 Virgin Oak Hogshead 329 bottles, Cask Strength 55.8% Natural colour, non chill filtered.

Specially selected and bottled to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Polish accession to NATO

This whisky is what I would call session whisky. I just kept wanting to come back for more. It is beautifully balanced with big toffee and confectioned fruit notes. Highs of lemon and orange zest to keep the palate clean, but with lots of depth from dried fruits such as apricots and tangerines crossed with fresh apples and pears. Honey comes through on the palate with floral notes, which are rich rather than like hand cream and there is a little soft spice to boot, especially on the finish. not a huge finish, which keeps you wanting more.

Simply lovely, not too complicated, this isn’t an armchair and cigar whisky, but a very good all evening one.

Obviously not the easiest whisky to get a hold of, but this is the retailers site in Poland. 469 zl is about £78


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