This Benrinnes appeared on the market last year, bottled by The Nectar of the Daily Drams, and is already being considered something of a legendary release. Let’s find out what the fuss is all about. The color – as dark as cola – is very exciting.
Ooh, I have only just put my nose in the glass and know what the fuss is all about, for this is a very intense, sherried nose that leaves nothing whole of the typically soft, fruity character of this Speyside malt. The sherry cask is very dominant, resulting in a dark and sweet nose full of raisins, dates, leather, coffee, motor oil and some earthy notes. It’s almost as if I have put my nose in a recently dumped sherry cask. Cloves, cinnamon and – to much lesser extent – black pepper. Little sherry monster.
OMG, this is cough syrup on steroids the palate. You can almost chew this. A touch extreme, to be honest. But what a palate! Cooked fruit, beef jerky, cinnamon and chili. Goes from soft to powerful. The spices join the fray. Deep sherry, this is. Midpalate it turns very dry and even a touch medicinal. Medium sherry monster, if you know what I mean.
The finish is a party. Very long on dark and sweet, but spicy notes.
Boy, oh, boy! This is by far the most complex Benrinnes I have tried so far, but to be fair: it’s not the malt, it’s the grand and extremely active sherry cask.