Benriach Launches 40 Year Old Malt In US

Speyside distillery Benriach has announced the expansion of its portfolio with the stateside arrival of Benriach The Forty, exemplifying an exquisite example of Benriach’s historically diverse methods of distillation and cask curation.

In the 1970s, when the Speyside region was known for crafting unpeated whiskies, Benriach made the unconventional choice to distill small batches of highly peated spirit, which continues to this day. Drawing upon decades of experience, Master Blender Rachel Barrie skillfully combined some of these rare peated casks to create The Forty, one of the oldest peated malts ever to be released from a Speyside Distillery.

“Fine bourbon casks have gradually developed exquisite notes of honeyed pomelo and lush orchard fruits to create Benriach The Forty,” said Master Blender Rachel Barrie. “Over the decades of maturation, the smoky character of peated Benriach spirit refines and mellows, transforming into ripe fruit sweetness. This intricate character is interwoven with dark notes of chocolate, rich plum and smooth walnut from port casks sourced from the Douro Valley.”

Benriach The Forty presents at 43.5% ABV and will be available as a limited release in specialist retailers in select markets across the United States for an SRP of $4,500.

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