BenRiach 1976 Cask #3032
Added on Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 35 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1976 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 44.20 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Cask #3032. Distilled 1976, bottled June 2011. For Whisk-e Ltd. in Japan
Member Ratings and Notes
Tim
 

N: Fruity initially, with a little bit of hay. Some apples and pears; a touch of green grapes and liberal white pepper. Moderate wood which almost smells like fresh-sawn lumber. Malt underneath; some pineapple hiding out as well. 

 

P: Wood upfront, again with the fresh-sawn lumber note; going in the direction of grape juice or a drier white whine. Malty sweetness, but more of an upfront maltiness (diastatic malt powder) than a gentle sweetness. A hint of pineapple and a touch of orange; a bit of grapefruit as well. 
 
F: Wood leads; the grape juice/wine is right behind it with the maltiness on their heels. Gentle heat and some sweetness; drying slightly over time. Grapefruit as it ends and a little passionfruit too. 
 
This is a profile unlike anything I've personally encountered - very punch with a fair amount of wood, but not overly woody like many 30+ whiskies tend to be. Unusual fruit notes but underpinned by a good sweetness. I'll have to find some more '76 vintages.  
 
Whiskey Master List
The Stores List
The Bars List
The Online List