SMWS 36.168 Fruity, earthy and exciting

Posted 05 December 2019 by Matt / In Benrinnes
The Dramble reviews SMWS 36.168 Fruity, earthy and exciting

Bottle Name: 36.168 Fruity, earthy and exciting

ABV: 56.6%
Distillery: Benrinnes
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Deep, rich & dried fruits
Region: Speyside Age: 19

16 years in ex-bourbon followed by a transfer over to 1st fill ex-moscatel hogshead for this Benrinnes. Colour me interested.

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Nose: Black forest gateaux packed full of dried red and cherries sits with dusty orange peels, unrefined brown sugars and oven-baked pastries. Running throughout a perceptible earthiness – part wet and mossy, part dry and cracked – mosses and lichen with old books and damp cellars. Running throughout leather covered armchairs and an abundance of moist dunnage floors. Dilution offers up cherries – black and glace alongside anise and ginger spicing and orange barley water.

Taste: Immediately off to a warehouse. Wet walls, moist earthiness, old venerable whisky-filled casks filling the air. An almost alluvial quality. Alongside, rich, jammy fruits, orange, cherries and plum – reduced down into preserves – leather bound books, old libraries and rich chocolate sauce. Reduction offers a bigger orange component – peels, drizzle and jellied with a side of gingercake – less earthy in outlook and much more brightly focussed.

Finish: Long with tree resin and menthol sitting with leather seat covered.

A highly successful Benrinnes which pairs appealing old dunnage character with rich and reduced sherry-forward fruitiness. Effective both neat and with water, and possessing a wide appeal which will charm most enthusiasts, not just sherryheads. Highly recommended.

Score: 88/100


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