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The BenRiach 1998 Limited Release Cask No. 7759, Scotland

Rating
93.00
Price
$287.95

The Speyside distillery BenRiach has an odd history. Founded in 1898, it closed a couple of years later as the general industry took a nosedive in the wake of a scandalous bankruptcy at Pattisons, which had been sourcing considerable quantities of single malt to make blended whiskies. BenRiach would remain in mothballs for 65 years, its buildings serving only as a source of floor maltings for neighbouring sister distillery Longmorn.

Bullish times for the industry in the 1960s spelled a rebirth for BenRiach, which now makes a slew of single malts of varying ages and styles. This single-cask gem was triple distilled (versus Scotch whisky's standard double distillation) for a lighter, smoother base and finished its maturation in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Velvety and richly fruited, it displays a malty core with notes of stewed peach, caramel, vanilla and roasted nuts, then turns peppery on the long finish. Chewy and succulent, it's a luxurious treat for those who can afford it.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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