Today, Speyside Distillery Benriach announces the third annual bottling of Malting Season. This single malt is handcrafted using entirely malted barley from the distillery’s historic floor maltings.
Benriach is one of only eight distilleries in Scotland that continues to practice this century-old tradition that requires the delicate hand of Benriach’s team of dedicated craftspeople.
The Third Edition of Malting Season is crafted from concerto barley, chosen by Master Blender Dr. Rachel Barrie. The floor malted spirit slowly matures in virgin oak and first-fill bourbon casks giving a natural cask-imparted golden barley color.
“Every year during ‘Maltings Season’ our team hand malt select barley onsite. This historic process pays tribute to our founder, John Duff, and the slow craft of his historic maltings which we continue to this day in the pursuit of exceptional flavor,” said Stewart Buchanan, Global Brand Ambassador at Benriach. “Each new addition of Malting Season uses carefully chosen barley types and individual bottling strengths, making each annual edition one of a kind in its own right.
Malting Season Third Edition has malt sweetness on the nose with wild bergamot, pear, and meadowsweet honey. The palate leads to flavors of clementine, floral honey, and gentle barley spice, followed by flavors of malted almond, apricot, and traces of wild cherry.