We recently had the opportunity to hang out with the folks at Brown Forman in the depths of Frank Mac’s whisky bar in The Rocks to try a few of Benriach and GlenDronach’s best new releases. With a few developed palates in the room, the whiskies on offer were extensive, including a single cask GlenDronach Batch 19 #6871 from 1993 limited to just 643 bottles. However, it was this rarely heard rarely seen release from Benriach that had the room’s attention.
An annual release produced from 100 per cent malted barley, Benriach Malting Season 2 is best described in three words: rare, affordable, and delicious.
Benriach is one of only seven distilleries in Scotland that continues to produce a whisky from 100 per cent malted barley, carrying on a centuries-old tradition. In the case of Malting Season 2, it carries the legacy started by Benriach Malting Season 1 that first launched in 2021, and is crafted from concerto barley, chosen by Master Blender Rachel Barrie for its wholesome cereal flavour.
In true Benriach fashion, its floor malted before being matured in first-fill bourbon casks in the brand’s dunnage warehouses – earthen floored, as opposed to concrete floors associated with racked warehouses.
The result is a whisky that’s barley gold in colour with aromas of malt sweetness. As expected, barley sugar and mandarin are found on the palate alongside creamy white chocolate and honeycomb. This is all infused with a layer of citrus and orchard apple before a fruit, malt and vanilla cream finish. It’s outstanding.
“Passed from maltster to maltster throughout the generations, the highly skilled process of floor malting keeps a traditional part of the whisky-making process alive, paying homage to Benriach’s creative whisky-making heritage,” said Stewart Buchanan, Global Brand Ambassador at Benriach.
“Each new edition of Malting Season will use carefully selected types of barley and bottling strength, making each annual edition one of a kind in their own right.”
Benriach Malting Season 2 is a small batch release (very limited quantities) that has a bottling strength of 48.9% ABV and is comprised of 30 first-fill bourbon barrels, all distilled on 20th November 2013. You can get your hands on a bottle from any of the links below.
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