Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Stated Age
14 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Brown Label
Added on
01 Nov 2009 9:52 pm

Average value

€ 495,00

2 × in wishlist

7 × member ratings

17 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1968 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.00 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    A mixed bag here. On the one hand I rather enjoy all things polish and woody, on the other, this seem to have gone too fat with both – deep metallic notes might indicate some old bottle effects in play, and likewise, the woodiness has gone quite bitter. It’s a lot less floral and meaty than I’d expect from a Benrinnes, and barring some gentle touches of honey, there’s not much sweetness to temper the astringency. Nevertheless, there’s still something about this bottling which appeals – particularly when you consider it was distilled in the same year that the Beatle’s released the White Album.

    • Nose
      Immediate polish, wood and a high volume of metals. Brass, copper and iron are joined by some light heathery honey, unripe apples and delicate orange peels. There’s a ton of polished wood here – lacquer and shellac. In the background we have some dustiness – quite sharp and presenting wet soils and old damp paper. Somewhat inviting, somewhat over the hill perhaps?
    • Taste
      A solid arrival with good mouthfeel that brings in sharp and sour citrus, honey, polish and varnish (again) and bitter steeped tea. Metallic notes persist and are particularly coppery. In the background some light soapiness and florals and a touch of ginger spicing.
    • Finish
      Medium in length, very woody and slightly astringent.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘Never a dull moment but its a struggle’
    N: [Issued in 1985 according to WM]. Bearing in mind the significant oxidisation that has occurred with this miniature [although amazingly my notes reasonably resonate with MM's] - this smells like a blend and well past its sell by date but i also detect youthful spirit. Thick fruity malt, black bananas, gritty iron filings, tomato puree, ham, hints of peat and sherry but overall undefined and muddled.
    T: Bitter wood and black treacle begin proceedings with a spicy, peppery attack coming in and out throughout the development. That spicy bitterness continues all the way through a long and rough ride.
    F: Bitter notes remain but now with carob and touches of caramel and vanilla hoping to quell the bitterness, but they never quite manage too. Theres aniseed and spearmint developing now but its the bitterness you’ll hold onto, not dissimilar to Valerian root but leaning more towards carob and cacao husk with a touch of dusty, smoky sulphur to conclude.
    C: Occasional displays of competency but too few and far in-between the muddled bitterness. Never a dull moment but its a struggle.

    Scores a C-

  3. Slick scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me a bit of the Balvenie 21 Portwood.


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