Benrinnes 1985

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2009
Stated Age
23 years old
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
58.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L9 071 CM000
Added on
24 Sep 2009 6:13 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 528.98

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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1985

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.97 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    yes cool - that's Darksherry times without negative interpretation - harmoniously connected and beautiful long attacks - yummy
    • Nose
      a touch of sulfur, some iron in the air, pomegranate, raspberries, light coastal breeze, slightly dry, herbal - green branches, behind them cherries from the rum pot, Mon Cherie, plums, sherry scent, shoe polish, mint
    • Taste
      intense dark cooked cherries - aromatic - sweet - fruity, loads of dark chocolate, tobacco, leather jacket, mint, laurel, fresh olive, very nice play of tannins on the palate - the alcohol stands out a bit (undiluted) but stays in a pleasant frame, you can really to chew for a very long time
    • Finish
      Zigrarrenzimmer, men's chocolate, Schwarzwälderkirschtorte, Kirschmarmelade, becoming woodier in the finish, full-bodied, long, intense

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Magnificent molt, tremendous power and depth, unity and struggle of barrels and basics, harmony of opposition and mutual absorption, complexity, depth, shades and half tones, all this is in the right quantities for maximum enjoyment, unless you, of course, suffer from sulfur intolerance derivatives, in this case, the acquaintance is better not even start.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, mass of sherry derivatives, thick, complex, spicy wood and furniture varnish are replaced by sulfur shades, burnt matches and sparklers, gunpowder, rotten notes, metal motifs, boiled vegetables, mineral tones, sweet waves, caramel, teriyaki sauce, burnt jam, creamy toffee, boiled condensed milk.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, sweet wood, furniture lacquer, baklava, buckwheat honey, burnt caramel, burnt rusks, stout notes, licorice, old leather goods, tobacco leaf, mint, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Soft, spicy, continuation of taste on the descending, smooth attenuation with a predominance of sweet-sour notes, oak, caramel, cola, varnish tones, light mineral-metal motifs, shoe cream.

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Roast beef with Nutella

    Benrinnes is a whisky you don’t see very often. It is one of those anonymous work horses for Diageo that produces bulk malts for blends like Johnnie Walker, J&B, Crawfords and the like. There are just a few official bottlings and this is one of them. It hit the shelves in 2009 as part of Diageo’s yearly Special Release and matured on sherry casks.

    Wonderfully juicy nose on roast beef with Nutelle (and that is not a joke). It is pretty umami and sweet at the same time. It flirts with sulphur, but never quite crosses that line. Au contraire. It becomes wonderfully fruity on plums and dades, hazelnuts and dried figs. There is also a herbal side to it. And some leather, making it somewhat dry.

    Lovely, feisty arrival and immediately very sweet on Nutella and rum raisins. Very spicy indeed. Cardamom and mustard seeds. The roast beef returns, as do the plums and dades. You can almost chew it and I just love it. It does not need water (and truth be told, my sample is too small to give that a try).

    The oak becomes quite loud in the very long finish, making this Benrinnes dry your mouth completely.

    Very good and very complex animal. Checking my notes, it seems this is only my 5th Benrinnes so far. Well, you do not see it that often with Indies either. Used to be 150 EUR, today – if you can still find it – you’ll have to double that amount.

  4. Unclimbability did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Scores an average of 93.5 on Reddit's r/Scotch and is one of the best rated whiskies on there.

    I have not tasted it myself yet!

  5. jttoft did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Crazily sweet sherry nose. Reduced raisin juice and fig syrup. A hint of something mineral. Intense. A hint of distillate behind it all.
      Creamy toffee note.
    • Taste
      Starting lightly bitter. Then spicy. Then sweet. Very flavourful. Old fashioned sherry. Chocolate, both dark and milk. And yes, a bit of sulphur, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
      Far less sweet than the nose.
    • Finish
      Chocolate. Dark and drying.
      Fantastic whisky.

  6. captwilks67 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Benrinnes 23 OB review

    Just poured a small taster for myself.

    Nose: right off the bat I get seared meat juice, dark fruits, cigar/tobacco. After a minute chocolate nougat, and rum soak raisins. Going to set it down and come back to it in 10 minutes...

    Leather and rum soaked raisins. The chocolate has settled.

    With water: the seared meat juice gets brighter. Marmalade and more rum soaked raisins

    Palate: rum and oak. Tongue drying heat. Raisins and more oak.

    With water: a peppery sweetness... must be the sulphur. Less oak and more dark fruit. It is sweeter now. Definitely needs a lot of air. It’s pent up.

    Finish: there’s a slight bitterness and chalkiness, no doubt coming from sulphur. Then I get tobacco and leather

    With water: oaky

    Conclusion: one of the best whiskies I’ve nosed since the LMDW Blair Athol. There’s a lot going on and it all works really well together. The palate loses points for me. It’s very oak dominant and the sulphur is evident here. I think this needs a few weeks to truly show its colors.

  7. Hognia scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  8. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nice old sherry nose, I like it, hints of milk and cream shortly.

    Consistant old sherry taste, a bit spicy, tea leaves, sweet, some dark coffee in the end

  9. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Intense sherry malt. Bittersweet. Very spicy and not sticky at all. That's really great whisky.


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