Benrinnes 2008 The Firkin Ten

Benrinnes 2008 The Firkin Ten (48.9%, The Firkin Whisky Co. Madeira Cask #SC11, 305 Bottles, 2020)

  • ABV: 48.9%
  • Age: 11 Years Old
  • Bottling: The Firkin Whisky Company
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £69
  • Origin: Benrinnes distillery
  • Vintage: 2008

What they say

We want to take you on a journey with Firkin Ten. We’ve married whisky from the Benrinnes distillery in Aberlour, Speyside with the tangy and spicy richness of Portuguese Madeira wine. Sounds crazy, but in our hand-built casks; it’s just crazy enough to work.

Our custom casks use a combination of American first-fill Bourbon staves & new French Limousin oak staves with a custom char. This Double Oak cask, in combination with the spicy richness of Madeira, creates a unique flavour profile. What emerges is rich, lively and a tad spicy.

What I say

From The Firkin Whisky Company’s Summer 2020 release this Benrinnes distillate has been finished in a custom ex-Madeira cask hand built from ex American and French oak.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Mid gold (8/20), medium-large, oily tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Sweet and musty, peach, tangerine, heather honey, sticky sweetness and floral , pastry, almond croissant, putty/linseed oil, soft toffee, Portugese custard tarts and vanilla Danish.
  • Taste: Light bodied, syrupy, zesty, citric lemon and lime, grapefruit, spiced and sharp, cinnamon, white pepper, white chocolate, vanilla, lemon oil, clove, allspice and star anise.
  • Finish: Medium-short, sweet and zesty, sherbet.


The result of combining Benrinnes distillate with ex-Madeira cask is a quite light and almost effervescent whisky. Sweet and peachy from the Madeira wine influence and deliciously spiced towards the end of the palate.

Score 83/100

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