BenRiach Solstice 17yr

BenRiach Solstice 17yr

Solstice

Mashtun notes:

We have had heavily peated BenRiach’s before but never with a port finish. It’s an interesting combination that could go either way. Luckily for us though this dram blends together peat and port with the BenRiach spirit very well. The nose was peaty but with the sweetness and fruitiness you’d expect from a port cask. The palate had peat smoke and sweet dark fruits but was subtle enough to allow spices, wood, and sweet syrupy notes to come through.  It had a long finish that was sweet, fruity, peaty, and even had a little dried raisins and salt thrown in for good measure. It had a beautiful golden red finish and the velvety creamy texture. Letting this dram breathe brings out red liquorice on the nose, mellows the palate and finish, and takes the alcohol off the nose. Adding water to the dram brings out savoury notes on the nose and palate and opens up the existing flavours.

This was a real winner with us as it was an interesting dram that produced a lovely balance of flavours. It has layers and it changes with air and water, give it some time and you will be onto a winner!

BenRiach Solstice 17yr

Nose:

Fabulous aroma of stewed summer berries including strawberries, blackcurrants and red currants. The berry component is richly locked together by a muscular peaty blast. Latter traces of fortified wine and grape like qualities become apparent.

Taste:

Initial, dry roasted nutty notes flow over the palate. This advances to become a heavy peaty affair. Subtle notes of dried raisins, and candied fruit. Clean and very enticing with the dominant peat flavours lingering on the palate. Smooth and very long.

 Notes: 50% ABV – distilled from heavily peated malted barley, then matured in ex-bourbon casks before finally being finished in Tawny Port casks. £65 per bottle at time of tasting.

BenRiach Solstice 17yr

Nose:

Sweet peat, red wine, oak, and a tinge of alcohol

Palate:

Peat smoke, wood, and the sweetness of a port

Finish:

Medium to long finish that’s sweet and peaty with quite a punch

Colour:

Rusty Gold

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Letting this dram breathe takes away the alcohol from the nose and mellows the palate and finish.

Water:

Adding water brings out more of a salty savoury feel on the nose and palate

Overall comments:

79/100 – I do enjoy BenRiach’s heavily peated drams but has a little something different. The port cask really brings out a nice sweetness and a little air and water really brings it together.

BenRiach Solstice 17yr

Nose:

Lovely interplay between peat and port. Satisfying earthy and dark fruit notes

Palate:

The initial port and smokiness is subtle enough to let through vanilla flavours and spices. Quite sweet with syrupy fruit notes

Finish:

Medium finish, very smooth and fruity aftertaste

Colour:

Light peachy-red

Texture:

Velvety, creamy mouthfeel

Air:

Didn’t do much

Water:

Water opens up nose and palate

Overall comments:

83/100 – Bullseye. This has a lovely balance of flavours, mainly peat, port and bourbon with layers of red fruits notes and coal fires.

BenRiach Solstice 17yr

Nose:

Polished leather, smoke, wild strawberries, and a slight bitterness

Palate:

Salt, smoke, burnt wood and fruity port

Finish:

Long salty, smoky, and dry

Colour:

Light golden / pink

Texture:

Medium with nice legs

Air:

Brings out red liquorice on the nose

Water:

Didn’t add any – I like it just the way it is!

Overall comments:

78/100 – An interesting dram that has plenty going on. A dram I would leave for a while after dinner and have with a cigar.

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