Speyside distillery Benriach has re-introduced its 16-year-old whisky, which has been ‘missing’ from its portfolio since 2016.
The brand’s ‘flavour-forward’ portfolio of single malts will once again include Benriach The Sixteen.
The liquid is matured in three casks, and has not been in circulation since 2016.
The full Benriach portfolio is created by master blender Rachel Barrie and her team.
Barrie said: “The return of Benriach The Sixteen is a very special moment for the distillery as it is one of our most treasured expressions.
“Our signature Speyside style blossoms at 10 years old, finding depth and richer layers of orchard fruit character as it turns sixteen.”
The reintroduction of the whisky bridges the gap between its 12-year-old and 21-year-old single malts, according to Benriach.
Barrie added: “Our core flavour components of fruit, malt and oak become more concentrated, enriched with age at sixteen years old, bringing layers of stone fruit, smooth creamy malt, wild honey and nutty oak spice.”
The whisky sits at 43% ABV, and is is available to purchase from specialist retailers in select markets globally. It retails for RRP £72 (US$80).
Earlier this year, the brand launched 10 twinset whiskies on NFT marketplace Blockbar, the only time the pair of expressions will be available ‘anywhere in the world’.
The pair, which included the Forty Years Old and The Forty Octave Cask Matured, featured bespoke customisation on the packaging.
In May, Benriach released the second edition of its single malt made entirely from barley malted at its floor maltings – Benriach Malting Season.
The inaugural edition of Benriach Malting Season was released in August 2021 and was described as the first bottling of its kind from the Brown-Forman-owned distillery in a century.