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 3:25 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 124.16

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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1997 CA

6 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.

  2. Julia E S did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    My first Benrinnes and I have to say that I am very positively surprised. Very subtle, complex and complex with a minerally slightly salty tip. Reminiscent of Springbank mixed with a well-matured Irishman. I know Benrinnes burned more than twice in 1997. Fits thus also somehow of the style.

    A good example of how to find real treasures beyond the hyped and often overpriced distilleries. Since the independent get really fine barrels and you get really fine whisky for relatively little money.

  3. Bopaja scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. stollimaus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Serge Valentin reviews on Whiskyfun:
    Benrinnes 21 yo 1997/2019 (53.7%, Cadenhead, bourbon barrel, 162 bottles)
    Colour: pale gold.
    Nose: and now for something very different yet again, some angelica and some wormwood to be found here, even woodruff, a bizarre Irishness (pot still), then wild herbs, autumn leaves, and rather shoe polish than plain wax. Gets then rather fermentary, on weizenbeer and other such liquid German delicacies.
    With water: exceptional fermentary development, on all things beers and ales.
    Mouth (neat): this is extremely good! Perfect peppery and lemony waxes, that is to say some textbook Benrinnesness this time. Olive and grape pips oils, lemon skin, grapefruits and citrons… This is pretty perfect.
    With water: indeed. Waxes and lemons, the perfect combination in my book.
    Finish: long, perfect, lemony, very straight.
    Comments: W/M. Cadenhead, I’ve been thinking about that Aston-Martin and have just changed my mind, the Mercedes engine would be okay. But may we get the manual gearbox? Thanks!
    SGP:462 - 89 points.

  6. stollimaus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Dave Broom reviews on scotchwhisky.com:

    Mature, slightly oily, pulpy fruits with typical Benrinnes weight. Things move toward peach cobbler and some vanilla custard, but with this weighty, elegant honeysuckle/clover honey undertow that sits alongside tiny hints of meatiness. When water is added, it’s filled with beeswax, heather honey and slightly drier oak. Complex and rich.

    Smooth and satin-like, with a sweet start that then dips immediately into a massive mix of super-ripe and cooked tropical fruits. By the mid-palate there’s sweet spices and still the hefty mature weight. The tannins are supple, almost slippery. Towards the back you get the citric buzz of sansho. Water accentuates the satin-like quality alongside fruit syrups, cloudberry jam, sweet persimmon, sweet potato, honey and meaty elements.

    A flicker of spice, then ripe fruits.

    A classic, old, mature whisky. Ripe, long, complex and balanced. You can’t ask for much more.

    Right place, right time
    Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing on a Sweet Potato Vine? Not til now…

    Dave Broom scores: 91 points


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