Distilled on 21st May 2000 this Benrinnes has been matured for 16 years in a refill ex-Bourbon hogshead and then was transfered into a 'custom' 2nd fill hogshead for an addition year. One of 282 bottles. Spicy and Sweet profile.
Nose: Fruits and soils. Commencing with defined peaches, foam bananas and fresh apples, sweetness comes from toffee, but is tempered by deep earthiness from wet soils and damp hay. Water brings a certain sourness to the whisky alongside a savoury aroma of olives.
Taste: Rich and slightly oily with a lot of spicing. Spiced apples, cinnamon peach cobbler and desiccated coconut are joined by pronounced pepper and ginger. Dilution really benefits the nose, offering great integration, slight dustiness and herbalness whilst retaining the definition of the spices and fruits.
Finish: Medium and still packed with spice from ginger and pepper. Spicing leads to astringency, but in this instance it’s exceedingly well-judged offering just the right amount of dryness.
A very spicy, well-defined and lively Benrinnes which takes hydration rather well indeed. Lively, fruity spicy and certainly easy to recommend.
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