Benrinnes 25 Years Old 1988
Speyside single malt scotch whisky
53% ABV, £84.50 for 70cl available from Wm Cadenhead
What they say:
Only 270 Bottles in the world last case now in stock
Nose: Starts meaty and earthy then juicier notes emerge. Pineapple with some limoncello and dates with a hint of dark berries and coca
Palate: Sweet and chewy, faint lavender, aniseed, fresh roasted coffee beans and cinnamon sticks, some sweet caramel and whipped cream, so many white soft fruit notes like baked pear and apples.
Finish: Soft dunnage warehouses, autumnal fruits and soft spice in the start the ﬁnish off perfectly before a more rounded fruity note lingers as this dram ends its incredible journey across the palate.
What I say:
Dram No.3 at the Water of Life Society ‘The Blender’s Malts’ tasting on 29th January 2015 – Yet another Diageo-owned Speyside blending distillery. This time Benrinnes, again the only widely available official bottling being a leftover from DCL’s Flora and Fauna range Benrinnes 15 Years Old Flora and Fauna ~ 43% (Diageo) . Benrinnes is a little oddity in that the distillery possesses 6 stills that were for a time used as 2 sets of 3 and triple distillation or ‘semi’ triple distillation was employed. Sometime after 2000 this was rearranged such that standard double distillation is undertaken using 2 wash and 4 spirit stills. This example from 1988 was more likely triple-distilled.
Amber gold (8/20), medium/heavy tears
Vanilla, ascerbic and old oak wood, tannic, old furniture and antique shop smell
Vanilla, spiced cinnamon and nutmeg, cereal barley malt, brown sugar and molasses, full-bodied and chewy, dates, toffee and caramel oak wood, butterscotch fudge with espresso coffee and stewed apples and pears, hints of brandy
Medium/long, spiced tannins, cinnamon sticks and old musty oak wood
A beautiful aged expression, plenty of old oak notes in this one and some wonderful almost caramelised sugary flavours. Hints of waxiness characteristic of Benrinnes and presumably partly what makes it so appealing for blending.