In the spring of 2016 Brown-Forman Corporation acquired BenRiach Distillery Company and their three distilleries for £285m.
In the first six months since the acquisition there were no noticeable changes, just business as usual with legendary Billy Walker calling the shots. BenRiach 22 years old Moscatel Finish is one of the first releases under new ownership. The whisky was originally matured in white American oak casks and finished in Moscatel wine casks from Spain and Portugal for undisclosed period of time. The whisky is bottled at 46% abv, of natural color and without chill-filtration. (Producer’s tasting note.)
Nose: a full, sumptuous nose consisting of dark orange marmalade, rich fig syrup and sweet dates. A dusting of cocoa and cinnamon followed by a gentle a hint of garden mint adds a luxurious character.
Palate: rich, velvety dark chocolate fondant topped with glazed maraschino cherries develops to plum cordial and spiced honey. The long finish is rounded with a gentle, earthy balance of nutmeg, stewed barley and old vintage leather.
Finish: a rich body laden with dark Mediterranean fruits and a complementary balance of warm spices and delicate oak characters.