Benriach 22 Year Old Albariza - Peated (70cl, 46%) ***sold***
Albariza is the name for the white ('alba') soil in which many sherry grape vines grow. It is an appropriate moniker for this peated single malt as, after several decades' maturation in American oak casks, the whisky is finished in Pedro Ximenez barrels. The 22 year old is the second batch of The Albariza after the 18 year old release.
Benriach is a distillery with long-standing transatlantic connections. It was procured by Seagram in 1978, the former Canadian drinks empire, and is now in the hands of the Brown-Forman corporation, via Billy Walker who rescued it from a brief mothballing in 2002. Walker bottled some of the peated whisky that Seagram had begun producing there for its blends in 1983, and the positive reaction to these means the distillery now produces both a peated and unpeated single malt. Benriach is one of only seven distilleries in Scotland to still operate its own in-house floor maltings.