Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

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Mashtun notes:

The nose on this cask strength Benrinnes is very refreshing. We got lemon, honey, grass, sweet vanilla, bourbon, and toasted cereal notes. The palate was dry and oaky with malt, honey, bourbon, and a little pepper. The pepper and grass continue into the aftertaste where zesty citrus fruits kick in until it tails off to a dry finish. It has a light golden colour and smooth dry mouthfeel. Leaving this dram in the glass to breathe sweetens the nose and palate; it also brings out floral notes on the nose. Adding a little water brings out pear drops and fruit on the palate, and hints of freshly baked bread on the finish.

All in all, this is a light refreshing summer dram that actually has a fair bit of depth to it. It’s very smooth and allows the bourbon to shine through without letting it overpower the whisky.

Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

Ginger Passionfruit Trifle: The nose neat had a very homely feel, a bouquet of brightly coloured flowers, autumn berry crumble with citrus cream, coffee walnut whips, fruity caramels, hessian potpourri hanging bags and clean wood ash. The taste had a sweet, gingery, citric balance like a well-made flavoured IPA accompanied by dry roasted nuts, coconut almonds and homemade bourbon biscuits. With a drop of water it became very aromatic and exotic as if walking down the fruit aisle of a supermarket with the flower display at the end and. The flavours were that of lemon & ginger tea and a ginger passionfruit trifle.

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 Notes: 57.9 ABV – 18 years old Benrinnes – Bourbon refill cask. 192 bottles produced and £70 per bottle at time of tasting.

Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

Nose:

Very refreshing, freshly cut hay and sweet vanilla

Palate:

Wild garlic (in a good way), oak, and toffee. Very light and refreshing

Finish:

Oak and vanilla with toffee and zesty citrus fruits at the end. Quite a dry finish as it tails off

Colour:

Light gold

Texture:

Light

Air:

Sweetens and lightens nose and palate. Also brings out floral notes on the nose

Water:

Brings out caramel and toffee on palate and freshly baked bread on the finish

Overall comments:

A light and refreshing dram that also has a fair bit of depth. This would be a perfect summer dram.

Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

Nose:

Lemon, grapefruit, lovely cereal notes, toasted oak

Palate:

Initially got bourbon and light oak, then malt and honey

Finish:

Slightly peppery aftertaste, not too long

Colour:

Pale yellow

Texture:

Soft mouthfeel, dry and spicy towards the end

Air:

Mellows with air

Water:

Water opens the nose up considerably

Overall comments:

Light and refreshing summer dram, very smooth, loved the cereal notes and peppery aftertaste

Benrinnes SMWS 36.97 18yr

Nose:

Honey, grass, moss, and bourbon

Palate:

Dry and oaky with a little pepper and bourbon

Finish:

Zesty and a little bit of straw

Colour:

Light gold

Texture:

Medium

Air:

Brings out a little solvent

Water:

Brings out pear drops

Overall comments:

A grand dram that is well balanced which the bourbon cask shines through nicely

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