A 1996 vintage Benriach from the 11th batch of the distillery's single cask releases. Aged for 18 years, including an unspecified period in a cask which used to hold Pedro Ximenez sherry, this was bottled in July 2014 as part of a release of 663 bottles.
Nose: Lots of PX sherry sweetness. The nose is really rich, heavy and oily. I get engine oil, citrus, mustard seeds, and Caribbean rum. Taste: Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Honey, chocolate, strawberries, and cracked black peppercorn. The PX sherry sweetness is very much at the forefront to taste, as it was on the nose. This dram feels so rich and thick you imagine you could cut it with a knife. Finish: Long and lingering finish. Orange marmalade on a slightly burnt toast. There is a mild bitterness to it. Balance: A very lovely dram, but very heavy on the sherry. If you are not into sherry bombs, then this is not for you. If you like sherried whiskies, then seek this one out.