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Benrinnes 1997 CA

Overall rating
87.43/100
votes
32
Whiskybase ID
WB104444
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Cadenhead's Club
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
20 years old
Number of bottles
204
Strength
59.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
02 Dec 2017 12:10 pm by chalky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 124.95

2 × in wishlist

32 × member ratings

75 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1997 CA

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.43 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  In the beginning of the Cadenhead Club this was a great deal:  You bought six bottles from Cadenhead and you got one bottle of the yearly special club release for free (that was usually a 20+years old).  In 2017 the Cadenhead Club was growing strongly so they decided to do two club bottlings (a 21-years old sherried Glenrothes and this one) to meet the growing demand and because the growth continued they decided to change the rules in 2018: 

    Now you have to buy 18 Cadenhead bottles for a free 20+years old club release or 12 bottles for a 15-18 years old or 6 bottles for a lower aged standard club release.  Of course I liked the old scheme better but still this is a great deal and given today's whisky boom it is generous to do this.  Please keep this attitude and do not get greedy like the big boys in the whisky business nowadays (and I will stay a loyal customer even throughout the upcoming bust that will come for sure, I bet all of my a.. on this)!

    This is an interesting and very nice selection for a club release, I like it!  Exactly as it should be...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is old gold and the texture shows many small tears and slow legs. The nose is quite impressive on interesting sweet "bubble gum"-like fruity aromas that some will like and others not. I like it and it reminds me of great seventies Glencadam releases that offered such a profile too. The sweet aromas are complemented by spicy and herbal flavours that balance out and contain the "bubble gum" in a good way.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste again offers this interesting bubble gumish style (you remember MAOAM?) together with creamy toffee and spicy wooden flavours in a good balance. One to chew for minutes, for sure. Some water smoothes the dram and balances the aromas/flavours even better. I like it best when reduced to about 50% abv. A higher reduction flattens the dram without adding new impressions.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The whisky arrives hot (almost 60% abv) and nicely coating on the palate with no bitter or astringent moments whatsoever. The finish is of medium length and adds more spices while the bubble gum aromas are almost gone now. Again no bitter or drying moments.

  2. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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