Duncan Taylor (distilled at BenRiach) 34 year old 1968 vintage, 48%

Price: $140 Issue: Summer 2005 Reviewer: John Hansell

Benriach is a lesser-known whisky and, for a Speysider, fairly light in style. This one is very bright and fruity on the nose with aromas of citrus (lemon), pineapple, green grapes, vanilla bean, honey, and linseed oil. Its age is evident, but tucked away in the background. The palate mirrors the aromas and is quite complex. As you might expect for a 34 year old whisky, it dries out mid-palate with some grassy hay notes yielding to resinous oak towards the finish, but the oak never becomes excessive. I can't remember the last time I tasted a Benriach this good.