Out of nearly 20,000 casks at the distillery each year select casks are chosen for single cask releases. This cask produced an outrun of only 344 bottles. Aged 19 years and finished in virgin American oak casks.
BenRiach 19 Year Old 1994 Virgin American Oak (cask 4386) was tasted at Meeting No. 21 on February 27, 2014. Out of 5, we rated it very highly at 3.90. BenRiach 19 Year Old 1994 Virgin American Oak (cask 4386) ranks 6th overall in Scotch. Costing $131, this spirit is on the pricier side, but well worth the money.
On the nose I'm getting a butterscotch/cherry scent from it. I can definitely feel the heat on this one. For the taste I'm getting a spicy-fuely-bourbony taste. I really like the fume upon the exhale on this one.
Sweet but potent smell. Amazingly delicate for 55.3%, you are intensely aware of its strength, but never overwhelming. Air has never tasted this good.
Musty cherry, sugar, plum on the nose. Alluring. Tight, concentrated pockets of flavor. Long finish, and it's not just the cask strength. Slightly oaky, dry finish. Spice, gingerbread. Solid, drinkable spirit. Reminds me of Highland Park 18 but drier.
Tear inducing, mouth numbing. Toasted sugar.
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