BenRiach Albariza was introduced in the early spring of 2015 as a part of the heavily peated range.
It was 18 years old expression originally matured in white American Oak casks, then finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. Two years later, with the distillery operating under ownership of Brown-Forman Corporation, Albariza made another appearance, this time maturation period was extended to 22 years, including finish in PX casks. The whisky is bottled of natural color and without chill-filtration. The name Albariza is derived from the white chalky soil, typical for Andalucía region of Southern Spain. Nowadays roughly 90% of vineyards in the region are planted on that type of soil.
Nose: combination of sweet sherry and peat smoke, honey, milk chocolate, sultanas, dried dates and apricots, oak and a touch of mint.
Palate: sweet and smoky, vanilla, honey, sultanas, chocolate-coated cherries, hints of white pepper and cinnamon and peat smoke in the background.
Finish: long, with notes of honey, cocoa, sweet dried fruit and lingering smoke.