Benrinnes Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: May 31, 2016 in Benrinnes, Scotch Whisky A-G

Flora & Fauna Benrinnes 15 year old 43%

European Sherry/ Tasted: Apr 2017

Aromas of moist fruitcake and dried sherry fruit. Hints coffee, prune, walnut and aged Armagnac-esque notes. Gritty but soft tannins and with time hints of heather and dusty spice. There’s a very faint sulphur nte hiding in the background.

The palate mirrors the nose. Heavy on the sherry and light on the spirit character. Mature and soft with chocolate, prune, walnut, dried fruit and light coffee’d tannins. Straightforward but pleasantly deep with oxidized fruit and wood notes on the finish. The after displays a touch of minerals and light treacle

Benrinnes 1992 (21 year old) 56.9%

European Sherry

2014 Special Release/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Big, spicy and slightly sulphured Oloroso sherry on the nose. Green nuts, peanuts, dates, malt and treacle follow.

The palate is awash with herbal sherry, green nuts and again a touch of sulphur. Slightly bitter, dry tannins on the middle with malt and treacle. Seriously bitter and alcoholic finish with lingering green nuts.

Water unfortunately emphasises the sulphur and bitter, coffee’d tannins. The palate is still nutty but softer. Still quite bitter but there’s a little more balancing fruit. Still rather dry on the finish and still sulphured. You would have though that given the price tag (£240) they would have avoided any sulphur tainted casks!

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