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Tuesday, 5 June 2012


Benriach 1977 34yo 48,6% re-racked into ex-bourbon cask#642, 217 bottles, Adelphi

A deep amber in colour, Nuts and spices, nose gives off a slightly 'dirty' sherry note - I often find this style in Fino-sherry matured whiskies. Very oily feel and also noses a bit like an old tea-shop.

Dark fruits, that slightly 'dirty' fino-sherry style again, more tea, but also crushed dark grapes, oak and spice. With water it gets more clean, even more fruity and with more spicy oak.

This is one of those rare casks that Adelphi has re-racked for some reason. I tried to get the details from Alex Bruce, but this re-racking happened before Adelphi got a hold of the cask, so we can only guess to the reason. Usually re-racking is done beacuse of leaking or a bad cask, and why indeed this whisky happened to finish its days in an ex-bourbon cask is as mentioned a mystery... It is absolutely cracking!

Oh, if only all re-rackings (finishes) could be as succesfull as this one...


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