In this year’s Best of the Best, we continue to honour the brands and people who have continued to create covetable products, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Here, we have Benriach’s The Twenty Five win ‘best single-malt Scotch’ in the wine and spirits category
Over the past few years, Speyside distillery Benriach has been gaining more recognition for its impressive array of single malts, both peated and unpeated and matured in an array of cask types; a visit to the warehouses reveals a rainbow of barrels with different-coloured tops. This year, coming on the heels of relaunching its core line-up in 2020, the distillery released three top-shelf whiskies aged for 21, 25 and 30 years, respectively. The 25, aged in bourbon, sherry, virgin-oak and Madeira casks, is the best of the bunch, a softly smoky single malt with delicate notes of tropical fruit, dark chocolate and baking spice dancing across the palate.