Chieftains 1995 BenRiach 17 Year Old Rum Cask Finish – Review

*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. In the world of Scotch whisky, the Gaelic word and occasional prefix  ben means, simply enough, "mountain" or "hill". There are several "bens" amongst Scottish distilleries: Ben Nevis, Benrinnes, and Benromach are all currently pumping out the sauce today, while Ben Wyvis … Continue reading Chieftains 1995 BenRiach 17 Year Old Rum Cask Finish – Review

Single Cask Nation 1995 BenRiach Peated 17 Year Old – Review

*A sincere thanks to JH, JJY, and SK at Single Cask Nation for the sample. BenRiach has been around for a long time, and yet in a way, it's barely been there at all. The distillery was founded in 1897 and then turned off the stills a mere six years later...another casualty of the Pattison … Continue reading Single Cask Nation 1995 BenRiach Peated 17 Year Old – Review

Slightly Late 2011 WhiskyFest San Francisco Wrap-up

Looking back at last year's re-cap of WhiskyFest, it seems I laid out some goals for this year's WhiskyFest...let's see how I did: 1.  Actually spend a few minutes making a serious game plan as to what to taste instead of talking about making a game plan and then running around like an idiot. I … Continue reading Slightly Late 2011 WhiskyFest San Francisco Wrap-up

The BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old Peated Malt – Review

"Rident stolidi verba Latina" - Ovid* Let us cast our minds back to the heady days of the Punic Wars.  Love was in the air, The Romans were just figuring out how to make a truly spectacular pork sugo, and the Carthaginians, long dominant in sea battle and handball were getting their butts kicked for … Continue reading The BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old Peated Malt – Review

The BenRiach 12 Year Old – Review

The histories of some distilleries read like juicy soap operas, others like business seminar success stories, and then there are those, like BenRiach's that are kind of quick reads, a little dull and mildly depressing until the end, when, just before you nod off into your nosing glass, you hear tell of rosy tidings for … Continue reading The BenRiach 12 Year Old – Review