BenRiach Heart of Speyside
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery BenRiach
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • honey
  • oak
  • smoky
  • sherry
  • pear
  • grassy
  • apple
  • zesty
  • grain

BenRiach

Heart of Speyside (0.7l, 40%)

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Character Goatson
BenRiach Heart of Speyside is a classic, youthful, and approachable Speyside Single Malt.

BenRiach is a story of loss and return. John Duff founded the distillery in Morayshire back in 1898. Just two years later the stills were moth-balled in the wake of the The Great Whisky Recession and Pattison’s famous bankruptcy. In order to keep the lights on, Duff malted grain at BenRiach and distilled at Longmorn. The property changed hands several times among industry giants. But then a group of passionate dram-lovers contacted the famous Whisky expert Billy Walker to help them rescue this noble house in 2004. Today it is one of the rare, independent Scotch distilleries.

The first thing you need to know is that BenRiach Heart of Speyside is a high quality Single Malt in the classic Speyside style, as you would expect. They make no statement to this effect, but it seems to us that they wanted to develop a new, entry-level product for their line. What that means to you is that this real-deal Single Malt is fresh and youthful, but still radiates all the other attributes that people love about BenRiach Whiskies is signature profile of pear, honey, Highland herbs, and oak. If you are new to BenRiach, think of Heart of Speyside as a youthful Glenfiddich and you’re nearly there.

Smartass corner: 
We don’t speak ancient Scots Gaelic — wouldn’t that be cool? But we’ve found a few sources that say that “BenRiach” translates as “speckled mountain.” 
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery BenRiach
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Warm gold.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
New wet grass, honey, and pear.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Nicely balanced with grain, zest, apple, oak, and the most gentle whiff of distant smoke.

Finish
Developing spice with oak.
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  • honey
  • oak
  • smoky
  • sherry
  • pear
  • grassy
  • apple
  • zesty
  • grain
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
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