Benrinnes 1997 CA

Overall rating
87.43/100
votes
78
Whiskybase ID
WB108825
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
3 x Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
408
Strength
54.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 mar 2018 9:05 am by patyouknowwho
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 164.00

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Whisky reviews for Benrinnes 1997 CA

19 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.43 points.

  1. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The initial nose was promising, reminding me of greats such as Glenturret 1988 (Cask 529). This Benrinnes is sharper and more austere though. Less overtly tropical with more tannins and artificial-sweetener bitterness, which I’m never too fond of. Ex-Bourbon Benrinnes do not seem to have the “fatness” to them, that their sherried counterparts can induce. Quality stuff nonetheless.
    • Nose
      Sweet and tropical – in an artificially fruity wine-gummy way, with mangos and green apple syrup. Rather juicy, with vanilla and caramel lurking in a corner somewhere. If you let it breath a bit, the Bourbon wood imparts acidity. With water: However, adding water combats this (im my eyes) distracting feature somewhat. Crushed grapes, light vegetal notes, and faint banana is what is left at this point.
    • Taste
      Medium-sweet arrival. Quite behaved for this ABV. Accompanied by citrus fruit – oranges and sugared limes – and menthol. A sign of its age I recon. With water: plum and cherry eau de vies, a shadow of caramel, and over-brewed mint tea.
    • Finish
      Medium. Volatile associations of caramel and toffee, which displaced by an onset of dryness. More green tea and tannins as this Benrinnes fades away.

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  3. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      That typical acidic yet oily, idiosyncratic Benrinnes character: kiwi seeds, pickled cucumber, and gooseberry; framed by a greasy fatness (sunflower oil, chamomile hand lotion, beeswax). The fact that it's vatting of three barrels helps balance out any over-the-top quirks that each individual cask might've had.
      Love it.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty spicy and punchy, but not alcoholic, if that makes sense. Sweet corn, custard, apple compote. With time, more floral and even herbal aspects. Water dials up the sweetness; a splash is recommended. Good mouthfeel, but a touch more acidic and tart than Benrinnes can ideally be, to the detriment of the waxy/oily parts of the distillery character.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Spicy, sweet-and-sour, with white pepper, grated ginger, sugared lemon, and wild honey.

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Pear, vanilla, peach, honey and a light maltiness.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Apple, vanilla, straw, smoke and malt.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Biscuits, green apple, vanilla, limestone and light smoke.

  5. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Kensay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Light spring fruit whisky. It costs its money
    • Nose
      Polish, green apples, field herbs
    • Taste
      Unripe green apple, mint, eucalyptus oil, medical notes, wood
    • Finish
      Fresh, fruity, mint, medium duration

  8. domani scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Interesting whisky. Surprisingly sweet and spicy on the palate, very expressive on the finish - 26.10.2019
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits, kiwi, star fruit, light unripe grape, limescale abrasion, ice candy, mint, a little clove, wet pine wood, alcohol is noticeable in the nose, unfortunately, also a slight adhesive and solvents with swinging
    • Taste
      Dry, nice sweet and spicy, white pepper, very aromatic, Matcha tea, the alcohol is very well involved here, towards the end bee honey and waxy-bitter note I can not define
    • Finish
      medium

  9. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very nice malt. But nothing that I need as a large bottle.
    • Nose
      Lemon iced tea. Pear dish. Glazed green apple. Lemon water. I also mean to sniff anis. Fresh eucalyptus note. Some herbs and wet grass with floral hints. Fresh, sour wood notes.
    • Taste
      Sweeter than the nose would suggest. Sugar beets. Herbal tea with a lot of sugar candy. But then come the oak and citrus fruits. It comes on a spice and makes it tingling in the mouth. But not uncomfortable. Salivation begins.
    • Finish
      The seasoning is less. The citrus fruits stay a bit and it gets drier.

  11. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Prodigy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very fruity and mouthfilling Benrinnes.
    Very good in my opinion - no flaws

  13. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  14. Jackson05 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Benrinnes 20year (Cadenhead) 54% 3x bourbon hogsheads

    N: a bit fizzy with stone fruits in syrup. Kiwi, sure. Apricots, perhaps. A very slight pleasant waxiness.
    T: fuzzy peach candies, sweet and sour, slight dustiness. Milk chocolate. Mouthcoating.
    F: quite spicy with white pepper and oak. Pop rocks and sour keys. Only a slight waxiness persists throughout, but is very welcome.

    88/100

    Only the slightest notes of age to this one and quite zippy, I find. If 5cent candies are your thing, that’s what this malt reminds me of. Sweet and sour (especially peach) candies. Waxiness is one of my favorite notes, albeit slight. So that gets an extra point from me.

  15. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      In bright light (preferably in sunlight) you can clearly see that Cadenhead has dispensed with the cold filtration. Many small barrel sediments are visible after pivoting the glass. The strong alcohol (54%) is well integrated. The first nose is already promising and complex: Overripe (partly tropical) fruits and a great sweetness set first accents. Fresh tangerines, green apples, hints of oranges, kiwis, peaches, exotic fruits, vanilla ice cream, muesli, blossom honey, a slight nuttiness and mild oak notes complete the multi-faceted and harmonious nose. After the repeated tasting I like the Benrinnes with the addition of a few drops of water and an estimated alcohol level of just over 50% best. The sweet fruit notes develop even better and noticeably promote harmony.
    • Taste
      Full, mature and smooth start. The mouthfeel is silky soft, almost buttery (with the addition of a few drops of water). The malt sticks literally throughout the mouth and stimulates the salivation properly. On the first sip, I feel a slight tingle at the tip of my tongue, until the fruity-sweet cocktail bar has opened. Freshly cut apples, mandarins, tropical fruits, honey and vanilla ice cream are again present. Spices, hints of herbs, nuts, light earthy aromas, mild pepper and oakwood aromas quickly contrast with the sweet fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, fruity, sweet and spicy with a subtle pepperiness on the palate. The fruit notes and sweet flavors gradually fade. Spicy oak notes, nuts and a hint of dark chocolate follow. The Benrinnes leaves a minimal dryness on the palate.

  17. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N 21 P 21 F 21 B 21

  18. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Overripe fruits, mint. Bourbon classic profile. Caressing and woody, it closes a little in a second time to something more austere where I detect the apple.
    • Taste
      We find the fruits too oxidized with butterscotch. Very nice consistency with the nose. Very nice spices come to complete all, with some tannins.
    • Finish
      Coffee notes. Very nice aromatic development on the fruits which seem oddly not to have a sufficient maturity now.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose 3/5
      Mouth & Finale 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1813

  20. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A good daily dram, hard to find any flaws
    • Nose
      Very sweet, ice cream, pencil peal, rotten celery
    • Taste
      Again, very sweet, intense flavours, spices
    • Finish
      Medium to long

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