Another Pedro Ximenez finish, but unpeated this time. The BenRiach 1970 cask 1035 is over 38 years old and boasts a wonderful colour.
BenRiach 38 yo 1970 (49,1%, OB 2009, Pedro Ximenez finish, cask #1035, 250 btl.)
Nose: Dried fruits (raisins, dates) but lush fruits at the same time (blackcurrants, blueberries). It’s much fresher than I expected. There are even the wonderful hints of exotic fruits (tangerines, pineapple) that you find in other 1970’s BenRiach and which makes this the perfect fruit basket. Some bourbon-like elements as well: pine resin with a hint of mint. Lovely wood polish. Cocoa, tobacco and espresso in the background. Now this is what I call complexity!
Mouth: roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate. Dried figs. Hints of tobacco. Rather smokey for an unpeated bottling. The sherry is not the usual nutty or syrupy type. It’s rather winey, like some Tempranillo but it works very well, I think. A little toffee. Hints of redcurrant marmalade in the aftertaste.
Finish: dark chocolate with spices and teas. Very long.
This is head-shaking stuff. It’s totally different from all other sherry bottlings and simply excellent. I would buy cases if not for the price: around € 280.