Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
49.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
Added on
16 Mar 2018 8:16 am by Johannes de Silentio
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 112.21

24 × in wishlist

24 × member ratings

33 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1995 ElD

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.73 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I found great similarities here, so I'll use the same description:
    The 19 year old v. Robert Graham (RG) # 9095;
    The 21 year old v. Elixir Distillers (ElD) # 9094
    Both are a very special experience, but I prefer the 19 year old.
    The following applies to both: "Leave time in the glass plus some water" Two very special bottles!
    • Nose
      A nose with an aha effect! It doesn't smell, it smells. The full bourbon range with incredible elegance. Light yet peppery. Dry yet cooling freshness. Great fruit notes with dry grass and always slightly floral. This is a premium class bourbon nose. Respect.
    • Taste
      He starts sweet with fruit pickled in honey. Rather slightly sour but full-bodied, it always remains sweet. Wow! The malt and the drying wood form the center of this culinary delight. Full-bodied like a fruit dessert, it conjures up a grin on your face. I love good bourbon bottles! The 19 is bought later. Point!
    • Finish
      Medium to long, it stays fruity and fresh. With a rare feeling of cooling, he is slow to let go. Getting dry but still spicy, fruity and sweet! An absolute stroke of luck.

  2. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Color: Gold

    Nose: Totally my style! Rich, fresh fruit notes (peaches, in particular) mixed with a slight herbal quality, almost like a lightly toasted tobacco, perhaps a bit of mint, as well. This reminds me a lot of the most recent Laddie Ten. In my book, that's high praise. I could seriously nose something like this all day. So we're off to a good start.

    Taste: Good, balanced arrival. The mouthfeel gets the job done, but isn't exceptional. There's no heat at all despite being basically 50%. It's a mellow-but-flavorful experience. The herbal portion comes more to the fore.

    Finish: Refreshing, cleansing. This is well-suited to the dram and overall experience.

    Comments: Terrific stuff. I take notice when TWE selects a SMOS bottling to only sell on their site. Picking this one makes a lot of sense. Good value for money, when it was originally available on the primary market, and the quality is exceptional. Benrinnes is a make I'm going to keep my eye on, and not just for their sherry monsters.

  3. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very nice, exotic-fruity nose, great balance and development on the palate, medium-long to long finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    With water, the nose flattens a bit, but the taste gets rounder, more an like an old school dram, altough less pronounced.
    • Nose
      Very fruity without being overly sweet. Loads of white cherries. But also castor sugar and hints of chalk, paper, old furniture and burlap.
    • Taste
      Honey, citrus, peach skin. Fresh wood. With water it gets rounder and sweeter. Now some figs, old cloth and even some saline, coastal notes.
    • Finish

  5. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Benrinnes is a weighty malt and can be very sweet and sticky. Give it enough time (probably in refill wood) and it gives you some real gems like this whisky. Fabulous stuff!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Colour: yellow gold
      Appearance: thick, slow legs

      The nose is quite complex and fragrant. It remembers me of rhubarb, gooseberry, apricot, pear drops, icing sugar, vanilla, bourbon, flowers, pastry, hay, dough and cooling mint.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Full-bodied, weighty and mouthcoating. It's a dram with associations of both sweet and sour. There is a solid malty and oaky backbone (cereal with honey and vanilla yogurt), but then with sweet cooked rhubarb, dried pineapple, pear drops, wood chips, furniture polish and still a nice portion of refreshing mint.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and complex, with sweetness, acidity and spice. Cinnamon rolls, vanilla custard, rhubarb tartlets, honey and polished oak.

  8. Macheye scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This Benrinnes is a bit of a find having missed it first time around – honestly, I’m surprised it’s still available as it’s a high quality drop. There’s a lovely weight to the liquid which makes for a particularly good mouthfeel. When you add in some bright and crisp florals and fruits and a good sense of both age and maturity, you’re onto a real winner. Tasty ex-bourbon maturation done well – recommended.

    • Nose
      Bright and fresh with pronounced stone fruits (tinned apricots especially), honey, beeswax and a healthy drop of furniture polish. There’s a mixture of garden-fresh aromas – daffodils, pansies, fresh cotton alongside some greenhouse notes – both fruits and vegetables (oranges and citrus, with carrots). Underpinning is maltiness – toasted cereals with some touches of dried hay. The addition of water really enhances the floralness of this whisky – more cut flowers and touches of herbal tea infusions.
    • Taste
      A lovely arrival with some real textural qualities – oily, almost waxy. Gummy bears lead off – sticky and a little saccharine – these quickly transform on the palate into more expansive juicy fruit – oranges and apricots with touches of lemons and limes. Deeper, there is maltiness (more pronounced than on the nose), dusty dunnage floors and some well-judged pepperiness. In the back palate, the fruits gradually sour and bring with them ginger and clove. Reduced, there’s still some texture here – fattiness becomes more syrupy like tinned fruit salad. Alongside, marzipan and oily wood.
    • Finish
      Quite long, with dusty spices – particularly pepper.

  9. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Becky Paskin of scotchwhisky.com awarded this bottle 94 points: https://scotchwhisky.com/whisky-reviews/new-whiskies/18202/batch-139/

    NOSECreamy, sweet vanilla and a ripe fruitiness verging on confectionery – cough candy, rhubarb and custard sweets, sherbet pips. A delicate, dry oakiness adds backbone.

    PALATERich and generous in its dried fruit – sultanas, apple chunks, pineapple slivers – while creamy toffee pieces pricked with anise give it a golden rummy quality. A dry, malty dustiness creeps in towards the end before…

    FINISH…another blast of rich dried fruits and a herbal zing of menthol.

    CONCLUSIONA fat, fruity Benrinnes bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange.

    RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIMEScoffing sweeties as rations on a hike through the jungle.


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