BenRiach distillery is adding a new permanent single malt to its range of peated whiskies, BenRiach Temporis 21 Year Old.
The new expression is a marriage of whisky matured in four different casks – ex-Bourbon barrels, virgin oak, PX and oloroso Sherry casks.
Temporis, which means ‘time’ in Latin, is said to have been inspired by the style of Speyside single malts produced during the 19th century when BenRiach first opened.
At that time – the distillery was opened in 1897 by John Duff & Co.), peat was used as the main fuel source to dry the barley used in all Speyside whiskies, although very few remain peated today.
Bottled at 46% abv and non-chill-filtered, Temporis 21 Year Old is said to have notes of honeyed peat, roasted orchard fruits and tropical pineapple.
Rachel Barrie, master blender for BenRiach, said: ‘This four cask matured and peated combination produces a superbly balanced malt, retaining BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style and peated tradition.’
BenRiach Temporis 21 is being released globally from June, and will be available from specialist whisky retailers for around £135.