The BenRiach 15 Years Old Sauternes Wood Finish: a very well made single malt with lots of fresh and sweet notes.
The BenRiach 15 Years Old Sauternes Wood Finish is part of the distillery's Wood Finish Series. It's a limited edition single malt originally matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in sauternes (sweet wine) casks. These sauternes casks are sourced from the Bourdeaux region of France. The expression is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV with no artificial colouring added. The average price of this bottle is around $100.
On the nose: a lot of sweetness! Fresh ripe fruits (ripe grapes, ripe honeydew melon, red apple), berries, vanilla, apricot jam, digestive biscuits and some spiciness in the back.
On the palate: The sweetness continues on the palate. You'll get the same ripe honeydew melon notes, marzipan, toffee, black pepper, apricot jam some honey and oak tannins.
Finish: Medium length and slightly dry with sweet ripe grapes, almonds and butterscotch.
Overall: if you're fond of sweet single malts then the BenRiach 15 Years Old Sauternes Wood Finish is a must. Then again, if you're not a fan of sweet notes, then stay away. We really enjoyed it but we'd treat it more like an aperitif or have it with a dessert course.