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Lastly, the Authenticus 25-Year-Old Peated Single Malt (46% ABV, $250) is audaciously full-bodied. On the nose are aromas of ripe pineapple, herbs and sweet peat, producing a pungent blast of peat smoke. On the palate, the fusion of rich peat and smoldering embers are bound by oregano, aniseed and chicory, concluding with a rush of honey for a long-lasting impression.
The BenRiach distillery in Scotland is not open to the public, but a private manager’s tour is available for true scotch connoisseurs. Led by Ewan George, the one and a half hour tour covers production, warehousing and floor maltings, and is finished off with a selection of drams in the board room. BenRiach also takes its secrets on an annual world tour for tastings and competitions. Stateside, the distillery will be presented this year at Whisky Fest Chicago, Binny’s Whiskies of the World, Whisky Fest San Francisco, and Whisky Fest New York.