casks by the fine men and women from The Bottlers. Having been bottled in 2009, the world-wide supply of this Benrinnes is most likely almost depleted by now.
Flinty, pungent dry sherry, and tons of shoe polish – almost smoky, but most certainly leathery. After a while, all kinds of red- and dark-berry jams appear and introduce a little sweetness on the nose. With water: Less flintiness, but now with coffee, dark cocoa, and even more shoe
leather. Tons of almonds, maybe hazelnuts.
Spicy-sour arrival, musty oak. The oloroso sherry is now sweetening the initial blast of unusual flavors. With water: very balanced interplay between sweet and sour oak notes – very pleasant!
Long. There is hardly any bitterness despite the strong initial oak impact on nose and palate. At last, menthol and freshly watered soil.