The name Rest & Be Thankful comes from the inscription on a stone made by soldiers who built a military road in 1753 in the West coast of Scotland; the road out of Glen Croe was so long and so steep that it was traditional for travellers to rest at the top and be thankful for having reached the highest point. There can be few roads in Scotland so well documented by travellers over the centuries or so affectionately named as the Rest. In the beginning of course, there was no road at all. There was just a track, a path made by generations of travellers, and beaten out by herds of black cattle being taken by drovers from Argyll to the trysts and cattle markets of the Lowlands.
Built on the shoulder of its mountain namesake 700 feet above sea level, Benrinnes was first founded in the 1820s, but this original building was washed away in the great flood of 1829. Rebuilt for what is hopefully the last time in the 1950s, Benrinnes has been adding the sherry-like qualities to blends for over half a century. The water runs down the granite hills, over mossy banks and through gravel beds, filtered and cooled by nature and delivered to the distillery. Here it is transformed into something deliciously dark, and quite unlike the usual fruity, fresh notes fans of Speyside whiskies will recognise.
Region - Speyside
Age - 11 year old
Cask - Bourbon Hogshead 304259
Nose - Cinnamon sticks, earthy oak and waxy orange peels.
Palate - Buttery at first, before spiced fruit compote and fried dough arrive on the palate.
Finish - Hints of apple and raspberry linger on the finish.
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