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Benrinnes 1982 TB

Overall rating
91.00/100
votes
234
Whiskybase ID
WB12708
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Bottlers (TB)
Vintage
11.1982
Bottled
05.2009
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
3229
Strength
57.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 dec 2009 1:45 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 481.00

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209 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1982 TB

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017]  Just a small sample courtesy of a friend but I have great expectations because of "The Bottlers".  This IB does only a few releases a year (and is somehow inactive the last years) but almost all of its bottlings are great with some real stunners among them.  The Brora, Clynelish and Port Ellen releases are legendary...

    ...no, this is not my kind of dram.  Whoever likes to lick on matchbox sides will surely love this whisky, to me this is another dram from hell (or where do all the sulphurous flavours come from?)...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is tawny and the texture shows no legs at all and late small tears that transform slowly into legs. This promises a great malt! The nose offers a very nutty and slightly herbal sherry profile with some sulphur notes. But these are rather sulphured raisins than the unpleasant burnt sulphur sticks from other casks that are really annoying. Nevertheless I like every dram better without any kind of sulphurous aromas.
    • Taste
      78 78
      The sherry flavours are quite nice but the sulphur kills them all (on my taste buds, obviously others appreciate this very much)...
    • Finish
      75 75
      It arrives in the mouth warming and coating with a drying feeling of cold ashes and... of course, sulphur! Now it is annoying, especially this unpleasant scurfy feeling on tongue and lips. The finish is even more sulphurous and bitter...

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Someone is asking £1000 on the Marketplace, surely that is a misprint, £1000 for this, you would have to be insane to pay that, come on get real.

  3. ScoutGott scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    I do not understand how something can be rated with 90+. Such sulfur influences from the barrel have no place for my taste in good whisky.
    • Nose
      Matches and sulfur. Behind it you can see beautiful sherry gods, many dark fruits. In the nose, still reasonably ok
    • Taste
      Here the sulfur pushes through completely, nothing for me. Smells like a burnt down firework. As if I have a piece of gum in my mouth.
    • Finish
      The matches become more and more intense, the longer you have the drop in the glass.

  4. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    After only a few minutes, the dram opens up. This is nothing for a sulfur-sensitive nose, however, even then, with a little water and some air, you’re in for some beautiful old-school primary aromas. Refill sherrybutt? The breadth of aromas testifies to the careful selection of
    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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!
    • Finish
      Long. There is hardly any bitterness despite the strong initial oak impact on nose and palate. At last, menthol and freshly watered soil.

  5. Lafroy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose gives the sense of perfection of dark sherry. It makes you cry for more! Notes of glue, sherry, chocolate, fried cherry, horse saddle, leather, fingernail polish, varnish on plane oak boards, dried fruits, grilled plum, sweetness, malted barley, toffee, citrus notes and the Thanksgiving Day.
    • Taste
      Incredibly revolving! It starts with light yoghurt, bitterness, then paint thinner, varnish and cherries in spirit, spiciness, white pepper, hot peppers, bitterness, sourness, power, sweetness, honey and lemon.
    • Finish
      Very long, never ending and mainly hot with hints of pepper, very warming, lightly sour and eventually sweet.

  6. Kuba9712 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Smell:

    An amazing hit of heavy, dry sherry, lots of leather and tobacco, shoe polish, then fruit in the company of dark chocolate, everything is perfectly balanced, alcohol is completely imperceptible, you can feel tea, nuts, in the background we have sour and sulfur notes , it resembles the smell of air after the New Year's fireworks show.

    Taste:

    From the very beginning surprises with incredible complexity, at first some sour sulfur notes, old wet wood, then an explosion of sherry - lots of fruit, chocolate (slightly sweeter than in the smell, nuts, some sulfur, gunpowder, sweet jams, amazing as the range of flavors we can here feel - from sweet, through dry to sour

    Finish:

    Very long, incredibly fruity, a lot of heavy oloroso sherry, still a bit of sulfur and the fruit seems to be fermented

    Score

    Incredibly complex, unique whisky, I think that even those who are sensitive to sulfur notes will like it - 92.5 / 100

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Part of a flight this evening. Really enjoyed this one which fit well in it's place in the lineup.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Calmar scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful sherry aroma, complex, deep, rich in halftones, the taste is more mundane, but it is also very good; it is not.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, mass of sherry derivatives - furniture lacquer, spiced wood, stain, lots of raisins, dried apricots, sweet pastry notes - baklava, burnt jam, toffee, cinnamon, burnt caramel, burnt rusks, stout, roasted nuts, coffee, liquorice, the development of making mineral-metal motifs, sulfur, welding spray.
    • Taste
      Rich, calm, spicy oak, raisins, tart notes of bark, roasted nuts, coffee, pointed mineral shades, quite a strong metallic flavor, sulfur tones, burnt match heads, pepper, ginger candied fruits, stout, pu er, the raisins disappeared completely, it was replaced prunes, licorice candy, burnt jam.
    • Finish
      Soft, light, spicy oak with a light metallic acidity, prunes, coffee, liquorice, earthy notes, pu er.

  10. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    There's a reason this bottle is legendary, the Sherry leads the way, but that malt underneath does nothing but support the nose. Mint and red wine custard... Man I don't even know anymore.
    • Nose
      96 96
      This is massive Sherry on the nose that shows first fill cask notes. Latex and dirty Sherry, sweet Sherry cake and it's basically as dirty as I am... Yeah that might be #TMI
    • Taste
      92 92
      The palate is is greasy and rich, intense sherry cask, red fruits fermented raspberries and intense mint with fruit compote and hints of vanilla ice cream.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is sharp and long, whacking you over the head with meat Sherry, spice cake, sulphur candles and dirty cow barns.

  11. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An explosive dram if there ever was one.
    • Nose
      Insanely intense and dry sherry, while the sulphur is (surprisingly) kept to a minimum. Only a sliver of gun powder. Somewhat herbal (juniper and menthol), but also very leathery with loads of cigar tobacco and whiffs of brown sugar and cocoa powder, while even displaying a wee bit of lavender. There's roasted coffee beans and raisins too, accompanied by a quick hit of red wine vinegar.
    • Taste
      Oh yeah, there's the sulphur. Talk about gun powder. Plenty of rubber and plastic too. Yet, I don't actually mind. It makes for a rough and tumble experience that's really worthwhile, but probably not for everyone. Lots of cinnamon and plums, with soft blackcurrants, as well as some very strong, dark roasted coffee. Let's say an espresso, or a caffè normale, as the Italians call it. Bitter chocolate and really dry, yet creamy. Dirrrrty AF.
    • Finish
      Lingering bitterness, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Extremely long.

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    Nose - Fudge now, sweet caramel on top of everything else when neat.

    Palate - Even sweeter now, dark fruits and caramel.

    Finish - Medium length.

    This has near enough perfect balance and compared to a  very recent tasting of the Springbank 1995 20 year Dutch Springabnk lovers, what I mean about the difference between sherry swamping the profile and sherry complimenting it, This Benrinnes hits it perfectly , the Springbank while good, simply does not in comparison to this.

    A beautiful whisky, some whisky you read about tend to be over hyped, many people rate this, I can see why.

    Beautiful.
    • Nose
      Rich sherry, Christmas cake, black cherry, Black Forrest gateaux, dark raisins, coffee and rich dark toffee.
    • Taste
      Very creamy, luscious even but the sherry does not dominate and overpower on this one, basically it is perfectly weighted sherry wise.

      Sweet raisin, milk chocolate, black cherry, a little blackcurrant faint hints of tiramisu and a little cocoa.
    • Finish
      I would not call it long but certainly good medium length on creamy sweet, sherry

  13. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    whisky gospel wrote:

    Nose: Heavy sherry nose with tons of dried fruits, a bit of smoke, sweet raisins and sultanas, prunes and cinnamon, thick and chewy, muted oak spices. After letting it sit in the glass for a couple of minutes there’s dark caramel and the it is spicier. Hey, there’s tobacco too now!
    Palate: Explosive! Dark old sherry, even a bit sour, smoke, cinnamon by the bucket, oranges, tobacco, spice, dry. Leather on the back-end.Finish: Loooooong finish. Old sherry, overdose of nutmeg, cinnamon, a bit of leather and tobacco.Thoughts: Oh mama what a dram! Is that a refill cask? seriously? I bet the first round was real short! It’s your ultimate sherry bomb with a explosive palate and a mammoth finish. Only thing one can nitpick here is the extra nutmeg notes but for me it’s an almost perfect.

  14. p4blo scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    An astonishing whisky, not just a typical sherry bomb for sure, the pallette of aromas is breathtaking.
    • Nose
      Dry, dusty, old books with leather covers, tobacco, gunpowder. After a while, more fruity notes appear with plums and grapes. A hint of shoe polish.
    • Taste
      More fruity with fresh grapes, apples, prunes, tons of oak, spices, ever changing and every dram seems to reveal more.
    • Finish
      Long, hints of tobacco, ginger, pepper, oak wood.

  15. m884 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Excellent stuff, super fruity (love fruity whisky!), everything works well together, and that fruity finish... to die for! 
    • Nose
      Tabacco, oak, a bit smoke, a bit oloroso sherry, dry, plum spread, a bit leather, acidity of juicy tabacoo
    • Taste
      sherry, oak, fruity, peaches, a bit smoke, very well rounded
    • Finish
      Sherry, oak, long, warm, strawberry, cherry, FRUITY!

  16. Jeep51 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A nice example of sherry very powerful (in the mouth), rather dry and intense.
    • Nose
      Fairly light despite the very dark color. There is chocolate, coffee, noble woods, candied fruits and dried (grape, prune)
    • Taste
      Powerful, intense. Wood (very tannic for a whisky), fruits with alcohol (cherry, prunes), fairly melted spices, leather.
    • Finish
      Long on woody notes and tobacco.

  17. wncvirus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet fruit, apricots, sherry
    Taste: well-complexed whisky, fruit, chewing gum flavor, slightly spicy / herbal. The whole thing is very nice. Good thing!
    Rating 92 | 100 Finish quite long with a fruity profile.

  18. Funtik scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. SilvanoS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This is a real sherry monster. A little too much for my taste. I hardly noticed any sulphur here, what bothered me much more was the unpleasant bitter note in the finish, which also intensifies with water.
    In the nose, lots of cocoa and chocolate, little sweetness, lots of tart notes, also a little menthol.
    Fat and concentrated in the mouth, a lot of pressure, without water the bitter notes in the finish are kept within limits, but with water it became almost undrinkable.

  20. prz22 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    As far as my tastebuds are concerned this whisky is highly overrated ..
    • Nose
      87 87
      Mediocre sherry with some false, tyre-like flavourrs, include some good fruits and woods as well, though
    • Taste
      83 83
      not easy to enjoy due to rubbery, chemical, false notes here and there.. not satisfying really
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium long, not bad but the false notes are still there..

  21. Pa_G scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  22. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  24. Zorba scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  25. Silversurfer scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Actually it seemed first like a failed sherry cask but after giving some air for a while it turned out to be quite good - at least no leather boots or sweaty socks anymore. Pretty drinkable.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh rubber, burnt matches, hints of sweaty socks, but also notes of acacia honey, dried fruits, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, sherry wood - the more air it gets the better - actually quite good after a while
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, oily, liquorice, dried fruits, plums, prunes, good sweetness, spices, nutmeg, lots of oak wood, dark chocolate, just little hints of rubber etc. left - very good
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, burning, a bit drying and tannic

  27. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Were the cloves and their candied spiciness a little less dominant, I'd give it a 90 easy. 
    • Nose
      Buttery and faintly herbal (dill). Then leathery, dry sherry, and something gamelike. Some cinnamon and allspice. With water there is a strong note of cloves, and some brown sugar. More water gives me faint coal and new rubber bands. It's definitely unique: fattier and less superficial than NAS sherry bombs, but with a profile much more on spices and spicy perfume than for example Glenfarclas or Glendronach single casks.
    • Taste
      Peppery, sweet , with some spicy perfume and rather vivid cloves. Musky, that's the word. Full and heavy on the tongue. Some sugar as well, which combined with cloves brings ideas of Dr Pepper. Water makes the body absolutely perfect: silky smooth yet rich and giving. I like it well, yet sometimes the cloves are a bit too much.
    • Finish
      Burnt gingerbread and oak. Broad and long. With water it's slightly coppery and tangy, and there's more drying tannins around as well. Some gunpowder too.

  29. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Yup, sulfur here, guys. It's not off-putting per se, but it is a bit too distracting for me to want to score this very high. Also meaty. If I were to open this bottle, I may have trouble finishing it. Not very different from a heavily sherried Glendronach single cask that contains sulfur (yes, many of them do have sulfur and still scores high on WB). Purchased sample.

  30. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An exciting bottling. Without sulfur that would be terrific, but even so it is still very good. Swims lousy unfortunately, not water!
    • Nose
      First geranium / undergrowth. Then wonderfully dark-fruity, deep: cherries, blueberries, kumquats, dates, sultanas, peaches. Sherry and mint. Complex, beautiful nose.
      With water: loses its expression and depth.
    • Taste
      Sweet, full start. Nice fruity (cherries, figs, raisins), block malt, leather, earthy, clearly peppery and dry. Sulfur and saltpetre are clearly present. Intensive. With water: round, harmonious, toffee, caramel, saltpetre is still there. But it gets more and more annoying.
    • Finish
      Harmonious, fruity + nitrous. Then mineral and cocoa. Ends dust-dry, but only a little bitter on tar and leather notes. Nice finish.
      With water: even rounder, more harmonious, but: flatter, shorter and much less intense. Loses.

  31. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Raisin, mocha, dark cherry, date, caramel, balsamico vinegar and peach.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Dark cherry, mocha, toffee, oak, tobacco, balsamico and cranberry.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Dark chocolate, mocha, dark cherry, toffee and vinegar. Some peach in the end.

  32. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Purchased one as a commission for a friend in June'16 from the WB marketplace for €300.

  34. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The only very slight negative is that the finish is not the longest.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Brilliant Benrinnes. Thanks Tom03 for the bottle!
    • Nose
      Syrup, cake baking mix, plums, pear marmelade, wild peaches and dates. 
    • Taste
      Yess, it contains sulpher but in a perfect way to me. Cinnamon, plums, tannins and bitter coffee.
    • Finish
      Mocca, bitter chocolate and earthy tones like mushrooms. Reminds me of black beans sauce and again some sulpher.

  38. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Put my mouth completely dry and the finish is almost rancid. Not my thing unfortunately.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      78 78

  39. zormik scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  40. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    whiskyfun says:

    Benrinnes 26 yo 1982/2009 (57.4%, The Bottlers, refill sherry butt, cask #3229)  Did I already tell you how happy I was to see that Edinburgh’s The Bottlers are still quite active? Colour: full amber. Nose: all on dry sherry at first nosing, very flinty and almost smoky, developing on sweeter and richer notes such as sultanas and prunes. Refill, really? Smells almost like first fill. With water: became ueber-flinty and quite rooty/earthy as well. New leather jacket (a perfecto, if you like). Mouth (neat): perfect! Orange marmalade and spice mix for mulled wine. Quite some pepper as well and bags and bags of cinnamon. The oak’s perfect. With water: even more cinnamon. Finish: long, rather dry. A lot of nutmeg and cinnamon yet again. Grape pips. Comments: great whisky if you like dry sherry. Not exactly winey, the cask imparted a very pleasant kind of smokiness. SGP:462 - 90 points.

  41. ScoutGott scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    For us this Benrinnes is a big disappointment, especially since the reviews are so high! I'm a big fan of Sherry camps and can live very well with traces of sulfur, but the sulfur influences here are extreme. Definitely not a 90+ fabric.
    • Nose
      Opens up strongly with time. The biting sulfur notes fly away relatively quickly. Nice notes of cinnamon, figs, very "dark" sherry notes. Nice nose
    • Taste
      First sweet in the mouth, then the sulfur pushes through fully. Notes of burnt plastic and eraser.
    • Finish
      The plastic lingers on the tongue.

  42. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  43. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 348,-€ at Whiskyauction 11/2015

  44. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 261,-€ and for 292,-€ at Whiskyauction 10/2015

  45. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Very Sherry nose, a lot of nuts (almond, hazelnut), ozone and woody. Full mouth, well chocolate, a little orange, the middle brings a woody drought. Alcohol is very well integrated. Long finish on woody and caramel. Very drinkable.

  46. Toemi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  47. tomy63 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Superb whisky, really very sherry, a pity that the nose is a little behind but it may come with the opening.
    • Nose
      discreet, long to open (but it's the opening of the bottle), then with a little water it happens, very dry, very sherry, a little vinous, coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, cooked fruits, tobacco.
    • Taste
      really very sherry, lots of nuts, cooked fruits (especially plums), spices, coffee, leather, tobacco, a little smoke, a fairly present woody and slightly tannic. Powerful but perfectly integrated alcohol. Slightly sweety texture very pleasant. Superb!
    • Finish
      very long, woody, spicy, tobacco, fruits a little drier now, nuts, a hint of sulfur (I hope it will not intensify)

  48. Oggela scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    I gave it a low score because I found sulphur in this one. I am VERY sensitive about that so I tend to give sherry matured whiskys lower scores than the average user.

  49. Lafroy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

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