BenRiach 2013

BenRiach is another one of those distilleries that loves to experiment. Their core spirit is quite dense, often veering into tropical fruit notes, and takes well to many styles of cask. Rum, port, sherry, sauternes, moscatel… the list goes on.

This particular cask used to contain Château Lafite Rothschild red wine. Widely regarded as some of the best red wine that France has to offer, it feels like something of a privilege for a Scottish whisky to grow up in its embrace. Despite only 6 years in the cask, the Benriach has taken on a lot of colour and intense, dark fruity flavour, which layers well with the more tropical fruits notes.

Auction estimate: £7,500 – £9,500

For people who like: Wine gums or blackberry/raspberry spogs.

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Cask Details

Age6 years
Distillation DateDecember 9, 2013
Cask TypeFirst Fill Red Wine Barrique
Re-gauge ABV61.00%
Re-gauge Litre of Alcohol (RLA)144.6 litres
New Bulk Litres237 litres
Re-gauge DateOctober 9, 2019
Cask Number204

Tasting Notes

“The nose is initially earthy, with plums and red berries, plus cereal. Orchard fruits, honey, then prunes and dark chocolate on the palate, leading into a nutty, mid-length finish. Work in progress, but showing lots of promise.”

Gavin D. Smith, Author & Renowned Whisky Journalist

“Ripe red fruits with sharpness – cranberry, with a hint of spice, cardamom, which betrays this spirit’s relative youth. With water, it opens up to give more citrus, orangey notes.”


“This was a beautiful whisky, it gives an aroma of a packed bouquet of flowers, a taste that was packed with orange with a slight burnt character that made me think of an orange rind from a well-made old fashioned, and ends with a long spicy finish that dances on your tongue.”


“Despite its young age, this whisky is already a complex maze of fruity, floral, vegetable and spicy flavours. A rose gold appearance, offering rose petals and grapefruit peel on the nose, developing into apricot and apple jam on the palate, with great waxiness and savoury tomato and cardamom notes for balance. A full bodied and long finish.”


“Youthful spiritness on the nose, mellowing to honey and apricot jam. The palate is fruity with a touch of cinnamon and a finish of white pepper.”


Tasting Panel Video

We simply do not have enough liquid to allow every interested bidder to sample the contents of the cask before purchase. As a compromise, each sample is reviewed by our in-house team and their honest opinions encouraged. Among them, our tasters have sat on tasting panels for, and advised, top names in whisky, such as the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the Waldorf Astoria, the Peninsula Shanghai and The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Watch the video below to hear what our team had to say about this fine selection of casks on Cask 88 TV, our online channel for all things whisky.

About The Distillery

The BenRiach Distillery is situated in the stunning North-East region of Morayshire, the heart of Speyside, and offers all of the charm of a traditional Speyside distillery as well as the individual allure of a unique distillery. The robust spirit produced at BenRiach lends itself to work extremely well in a variety of casks and over the last 5 years both peated and unpeated distillery releases have been highly acclaimed in the world of Scotch.

BenRiach never seems to sit still, and is constantly experimenting with distilling techniques and new casks, giving collectors a great amount of choice. This auction’s ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ theme would still have worked, even if BenRiach had been the only distillery on offer.

Buyer’s note: We cannot offer a photo of this cask due to the regulations on Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations that are imposed in the warehouse.


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Auction Details

  • Bidding will end on October 18th at 5:00pm BST subject to continuation defined below.
  • If any bid is received within the last 5 minutes of bidding across any of the current auction listings, the entire auction will be extended for an additional 5 minutes. The auction will officially close when a period of 5 minutes has passed without a new bid.
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  • Failure to send proof of payment within 72 hours will result in a penalty of 1% of the hammer price for each day the payment is delinquent.
  • Upon verification that all funds due have been received, ownership of the cask will be transferred to the buyer and the buyer will be sent a title certificate. As per Scottish regulations, the cask must remain in a government bonded warehouse until bottling.
  • No samples will be provided during the auction.
  • If two bidders place a bid in the same amount, the first bid placed will be the winner.
  • Storage will be included for a period of 2 years from the conclusion of the auction. All other costs related to storage, removal from storage, insurance, transportation, bottling and duties/taxes will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
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  • A 10% buyers premium will be added to the highest prevailing bid. No buyers premium will be due if the reserve price is not met and the seller choses not to accept the high bid.