Benriach has unveiled the third edition of its Malting Season whisky. The single malt is made entirely from barley malted at its floor maltings.
Benriach Malting Season Third Edition was made from concerto barley, handpicked by master blender Dr Rachel Barrie. The spirit was matured in virgin oak and first-fill Bourbon casks, then bottled at 48.3% ABV.
The Speyside distillery launcedh the first edition of Malting Season back in August 2021, and then followed up with the second edition in 2022. Benriach is one of only eight distilleries in Scotland that continues to carry out the tradition of using handcrafted malt from the floor maltings.
“Every year during ‘Maltings Season’ our team hand malt select barley onsite,” explained Stewart Buchanan, global brand ambassador at Benriach. “This historic process pays tribute to our founder – John Duff – and the slow craft of his historic maltings which we continue to this day in the pursuit of exceptional flavour. Each new addition of Malting Season uses carefully chosen barley types and individual bottling strengths, making each annual edition one of a kind in its own right. Malting Season Third Edition has malt sweetness on the nose with wild bergamot, pear and meadowsweet honey. The palate leads to a burst of clementine, floral honey and gentle barley spice, followed by flavours of apricot, malted almond and traces of wild cherry.”
Benriach Malting Season Third Edition will be available in select global markets beginning in August for £110 ($140 USD) per bottle. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
In June, Benriach unveiled the latest addition to its luxury portfolio, Benriach The Forty. The new whisky from the Speyside distillery showcases the brand’s historically diverse methods of distillation and cask curation.