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Benrinnes 1997 CA

Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Feb 2019 3:18 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 96,87

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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1997 CA

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.67 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] Another Benrinnes in the newest Cadenhead (spring 2019) release and because the latest one (WB id 112774) was very sweet almost like a liqueur I have to check if that was a one-off or if this is a characteristics of the Benrinnes 1997 vintage. To make it more comprehendable I do this in a head-to-head versus last year's 20-years old...

    ...and the result is astonishing. These two (most probably sister) casks own very different profiles - while the 20y is rather simple-sweet only (but nevertheless very quaffable) the 21y offers a complex and very interesting profile that is quite different in the nose and on the palate. And it is even more quaffable than the 20y old, actually I like it very much. One of the best Benrinnes I had so far and certainly a fine Traditional Scotch style dram...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour of the 21y is one shade darker at amber while the 20y is at old gold. The 21y's nose offers certainly a different profile compared to the very sweet nose of the 20y. The 21y shows a strong shoe-polish-alike aroma first that vanishes after some breathing and provides room for a honey-candlewax combo with hints of citric fruits (lime). Later some medicinal impressions of new (unused) bandages and gauze pads develop while the honeys crystallise to sugars. A very interesting and unusual nose and hey - I like it! By the way, the nose of the 20y is much more simplier (and easier) on mainly honeys and sugars.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste of the 21y offers a completely different profile compared to its nose with loads of fruity-sweet and vanilla-toffee flavours in an appropriate but never dominating wooden structure. Later honeys, spices and fine oily notes join in before some sour-bitter lemons (or lime) counter the sweetness. No medicinal or shoe-polish flavours here, all is flawless and pretty balanced. What a difference to the rather simple sugary taste of the 20y (that is not bad either).
    • Finish
      88 88
      The 21y arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor drying feeling (cold metals, green tea) that is rather enjoyable in combination with the sweet flavours. The finish is long and extends the delicious taste while adding some more bitter impressions of tea and cold ashes (that never get unpleasant). No drying-astringent moments here (like towards the end of the 20y) but a minor cardboardy feeling that pops up after the dram is gone. Water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate of the 21y turning this dram even more interesting and quaffable - I like the 21y both neat and somewhat reduced. Forget about water with the 20y because it just turns the whisky more bitter.


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