2006 Benriach 15 Year Old "Hart Brothers Finest Collection" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength Single Port Pipe Unchillfiltered Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

SKU #1609385

The gorgeous Benriach distillery is one of Speyside's most unique. The distillery, built in 1898, was promptly purchased and shuttered by nearby Longmorn Distillers and remained silent for many decades. It was purchased in 1965 by the Glenlivet Co. and refurbished before being sold to Seagram's in the late '70s. It was always a hub of experimentation and remains filled with crazy expressions and unusual cask fills, with both peated and floor malted versions. It's rather rare to see independently bottled Benriach, but it seems Alistair Hart's relationship with former distillery owner Billy Walker has played a role here. They've offered us several casks from the good Mr. Walker's current and past portfolio this year and we've been more than happy to take every single one of them. This delicious port pipe of Benriach was bottled at cask strength without chill filtration. The quality of the wood is paramount here, and the deep red-fruited character works wonders when paired with the gorgeous Speyside attributes that Benriach is known for. Few deals like this will be available in the future. While we can still occasionally buy barrels from the distillery, we're not likely to get something of this stature or price in their own bottle. A true gem and proof once again that Hart Bros. should be considered one of Scotland's very top bottlers. Bottled without coloring or chillfiltration at a cask strength of 56.5% abv.

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2022 | Send Email
Port barrels are a fickle breed. Consequently, we are extremely picky with the casks we select. This 15 year is crackin'. The barrel in question is super clean, not a trace of sulphur that ruins many a good malt. The color is dark, but shimmers in the glass. The nose is akin to parfait - rich red berry fruit, candied granola, and sweet rich creamy yoghurt come together in a decadent bouquet. The palate is wild briar patch combined with the savory tones of sassafras and cassia bark. Dried figs and sweet raisins mark the finish, an excellent sweet end to a complex and tasty dram.

By: Hope Cooc | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2022 | Send Email
Very old school style single malt with notes of bright red fruit and spices. Since this single malt is aged in port, you get a deep garnet color as well.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2022 | Send Email
This is a beautiful deep colored single malt. It is rich, round and concentrated, with pleasant and subtle spice undertones. Juicy and full bodied ,it has a wonderful long finish. I thought that it was best with a small splash of water.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2022 | Send Email
This is the third and final barrel in the triumvirate of BenRiachs that we purchased from Hart Brothers this year. 15 years in Port Pipes and only $10 more than the 12 year on Sherry? I'm very picky about my port pipes in Scotch always very concerned about sourness and sulfur. This lovely pipe had neither, although it isn't without its distinctive character. The color is an inviting chestnut with a red hue. The nose is a wild medley of dark red berries, linseed oil, chocolate powder, cherry chocolate truffles and pungent old oak spice. It really reminds me a lot of the Balvenie Port Wood, with more intensity and less wood. On the palate the red fruit, while present doesn't totally take over and a gorgeous toffee character balances the sweet tart red fruit and the toasty oak. With just a drop of water the red fruit and the oak come out more and I prefer this at full strength. A totally idiosyncratic cask that still seems to exemplify BenRiach's true nature. Right in line with what we'd expect...the unexpected! One of the best values from Hart Brothers this year, whose slightly higher price point rewards in kind with over the top quality.

By: Austin Jenkins | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2022 | Send Email
Nothing beats the nose on a Benriach, it's delicious but not overwhelming. I perceive it as a welcoming pair of arms pulling you in for neat dram... err, I mean hug. The nose is a wonderful combination of bright floral notes, juicy red fruit, it's all rounded out by the scent of fresh honey. The palate is a perfect reflection of the nose however we get some chocolate grinds, and some really beautiful warming spices. I did approach this neat for my initial tasting, I think it drinks fine; however, a drop of water or an ice cube really brings out those chocolate flavors!

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