AS THE RUSH COMES

SAVOUR An ex­plo­ration of Di­a­geo’s Clas­sic Malts col­lec­tion un­cov­ers the much sought-af­ter Ben­rinnes 21 Year Old.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Savour - By RENYI LIM

Steal­ing the lime­light from the rest of Di­a­geo’s Clas­sic Malts col­lec­tion is no easy task. So all credit, then, to the Ben­rinnes 21 Year Old - a sin­gle-malt Scotch whisky you’ll want to hunt down - with its se­duc­tive tones of bur­nished gold and pol­ished cop­per.

Hail­ing from a dis­tillery that sits atop an 840m peak that looms over Spey­side, the Ben­rinnes 21 Year Old draws its flavour from the moun­tain springs of the Rowantree and Scur­ran Burns. The Ben­rinnes dis­tillery is also known for its un­usual dis­til­la­tion method, where six stills are utilised for par­tial triple- dis­til­la­tion, con­tribut­ing to this par­tic­u­lar sin­gle malt’s light, fruity notes of can­taloupe and raisins. It is not, how­ever, a de­mure whisky: with hints of mo­lasses and notes that al­ter­nate be­tween salty and savoury, this well­bal­anced malt swiftly re­veals its sweet and spicy per­son­al­ity, sur­pris­ing the palate with a slightly as­trin­gent rush. Only 550 bot­tles of the Ben­rinnes 21 Year Old ex­ist world­wide, with 262 bot­tles avail­able in Malaysia (prices start from RM3,000), mak­ing this a prime op­por­tu­nity for col­lec­tors. As part of Di­a­geo’s Casks of Dis­tinc­tion pro­gramme, it’s even pos­si­ble to pur­chase en­tire casks from the dis­tillery, al­low­ing you to de­cide whether to bot­tle your whisky or con­tinue age­ing it. www.di­a­geo.com ≠

The Ben­rinnes dis­tillery is known for its un­usual dis­til­la­tion method, where six stills are utilised for par­tial triple- dis­til­la­tion.

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