Made with traditional peat dried barley, the 17 year old Septendecim is a rather intensely peated whisky. This peated Benriach whisky is actually a return to the original Speyside character of malts made in the 19th century, which is quite different from today’s typically un-peated and rather light speyside whiskies.
Nose: Mature peat, with plenty of tobacco smoke, peaches and stem ginger, vanilla, cinnamon apple pie, sandlewood and slight hay.
Palate: More hay here, slightly ashy lactose peat, with malt and barley wine mid palate, rhubarb tart and vanilla custard in the background, nutmeg and aniseed, some slight white grape, slight violets.
Finish: Smouldering peat, nutmeg, cloves, slight oak.
Overall: A wonderfully aged peated whisky, shows cask influence perfectly- with delicious levels of fruit and spice in with the peat. An unbelievable bargain that whisky drinkers cannot afford to miss out on.