Whisky Review: Benrinnes 19 Years Old 1995 Treasurer’s Selection

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Benrinnes Distillery

Bottling: Robert Graham; Treasurer’s Selection

ABV: 50.5%

Cost: £125 from Robert Graham

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What they say:

Age – 19 year old
Year – 1995
Cask – no. 9095
Limited to 312 bottles
UnChill-Filtered Treasurer Selection

A progression of glorious, juicy fruits. On the nose, coronation pears and foam banana sweets mingle with mint tea, spearmint, and boiled sweets; a burst of fizzy apple sours on the smooth, mouth-filling palate; morphing into darker, richer dried fruits on the finish (sultanas, gala apple), complemented with delicious buttery sweet popcorn and a touch of lingering sandalwood. Huge sweetness, with intriguing layers of complexity, offering something for those with a sweet-tooth and thrill-seekers alike.

What I say:

Our second World Whisky Day 2016 celebratory dram was also bottled by Robert Graham as part of their Treasurer’s Selection range, this time distilled at Benrinnes in Speyside and matured for 19 years.

Colour:

Dark amber gold/bronze (11/20), medium-fine tears leave fine legs

Nose:

Sweet, vanilla, crème caramel, toffee, biscuit cereal malt barley, quite fruity, fresh and fragrant with kiwi, melon, ripe banana, toasted coconut and an almost marzipan-like almond quality to the aroma

Taste:

Juicy and fresh fruits, tangerine, ripe banana, green apples, kiwi, melon, some spice, with white pepper and a little chilli heat, slightly spirit too, more red fruits, apple, plum, grape, biscuit cereals, buttered popcorn and toffee.

Finish:

Long, with plenty of well-dried green or freshly planed oak wood

Overall:

Very nice, a gentle spice keeps this interesting and absolutely bursting with fruit flavours.

Score: 89/100

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