Benriach 22 Years Old Dark Rum Finish is a limited-edition single malt, released in 2016 as part of the Wood Finish Series. The whisky first aged in American bourbon barrels, followed by a finish in Dark Rum casks sourced from Jamaica. The nose is sweet and fruity with an unmistakable rum influence and aromas of sugar cane, dark berries, vanilla syrup, poached pears, candied peel and oak spice. On the palate, you’ll find ripe yellow plums and nectarines infused with vanilla, ginger and tangerine peel. Wild honey, dark sugars, warm oak spice, orchard fruits and fresh barley combine to create a long and luscious finish. In 1898, a promising distillery owner called John Duff built the Benriach distillery next to his Longmorn distillery, which had started production a few years earlier. The two distilleries were connected by a private railway that was used to transport coal, barley, peat and barrels. Everything went south because of two extravagant brothers, Robert and Walter Pattison, who thought they could make a quick buck from the whisky industry. Their fraudulent business activities, ostentatious publicity stunts and lavish spending habits set into motion a chain of events that led to the disastrous crash of the Scotch whisky industry at the end of the 19th century. Benriach was one of the many distilleries that went down with the Pattison ship, and it would stay silent for the next 65 years.