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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Saturday, 5 July 2014


About a mile before reaching the village of Aberlour on the A95 running through Speyside, you can, from the road, spot a red chimney on the right, about ½ mile in... that's the distillery.

Benrinnes Distillery is owned by drinks giant Diageo and is almost exclusively used as blend dresser... and the 15yo bottling in the Flora & Fauna range being the best known and about the only official bottling from there - the rest on the market all being from independent bottlers and most notably Gordon & MacPhail. The bottling in this review, however, is from Adelphi...

The distillery is not open to the public and when you get close you can also see why - its not as well kept as distilleries who has visitors centres and a large number of people coming through.

Benrinnes Distillery on a gloomy day, August 26th 2012 © The Malt Desk 

Benrinnes 1997 15yo 59,1%, ex-bourbon cask#837, 148 bottles, Adelphi

Colour is full straw

Similar bottle is shown

Nice measures of vanilla and fresh fruit, fresh malt, custard, bit of ginger. After a while more grassy notes comes through, making this one very fresh and lively on the nose - lovely!

Medium heavy mouth arrival, apple, vanilla and juicy barley being the most noticeable notes at first. Some notes of peach and honey comes through after a while. The whole thing turns very oily with a few drops of water, giving it an even richer mouthfeel. Fresh cut grass and lemons now in there too... its just keeps developing showing more notes of cereal as we go along.. It finishes on sweet barley and a slight peppery nip.

Some of the best Benrinnes I've had!


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