Benrinnes 1995 CA

Overall rating
89.26/100
votes
197
Whiskybase ID
WB127955
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1995
Bottled
03.2019
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
3x Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
708
Strength
51.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 mar 2019 4:49 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 125.30

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216 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Benrinnes 1995 CA

58 users have left 62 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.26 points.

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    apple, marzipan, coconut, tinned peach, honey, bit herbal, very good

  2. Banzai scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Excellent waxy / briny / fruity / acidic Rinnes. The vatting of 3 barrels helps to even it out even more, I'd guess.

      Beeswax / candle / crayon, sour gherkin / mixed pickles, gooseberry, kiwi, physalis, melon, mellow toasted oak.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Not ultra-complex, but deeply satisfying. Great, oily mouthfeel. Sour-sweet in the beginning & middle and softly spicy toward the end. Juicy all around.
    • Finish
      90 90
      No bitterness, impressive. Ripe melon and honey instead, with an idea of freshly starched cotton after a minute or so. This is some quality refill oak.

  5. red71 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. DimiIkon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting: February 2022
    • Nose
      Very floral, with a scent of perfume, but there is also a chemical sweetness, some light honey, ginger and heather, ripe fruit, some grass.
    • Taste
      Oak-wood with a vague bitter tone, but there is also vanilla-sweetness, and a light floral honey. The alcohol appears here. A little water balances the alcohol, but does not improve on the bitterness.
    • Finish
      Again a little initial bitterness from the wood, then the wood turns burnt, some honey from flowers, vanilla again. Then a little bitterness comes back with black pepper.

  7. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great benrines, a bunch of fruit halftones
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not my fav Benrinnes
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not my fav Benrinnes
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    09/12/2021:
    A sample of fine aged whisky, restrained and meaningful, drinkable chic. Appropriate in the home bar.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Silky, restrained, age significantly smoothed corners, dried fruits, compote, vanilla, wax, milk iris, dust, apples, peppers, honey, peaches, pears.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Candied candied fruits, sweets, extremely soft and drinkable, pepper, a bunch of honey, oak.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Candy, candied candied fruit, long, pepper, honey, vanilla, light oak.

  12. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  13. THoekstra scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Was pleasantly surprised by this bottle. The notes on the back of it are spot on and such an interesting progression from nosing to the finish. Would definitely get a bottle of this if I'd run across it in the wild.

  14. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  15. SebasDB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    New rating and the points reduced from 90 to 89. Super nice but a little less banging than in my memory.

  16. Casketje scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  17. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    What an exciting whisky this is! High quality dram. Unfortunately the small batch series have been discontinued and replaced by original collection at 46%.
    • Nose
      Incredibly mature and beyond it’s age, even at 23 years. It gives beautiful musty and dusty flavors and is loaded with oak flavors. Pine and wood resin. It is giving a lot of fruits in a ripe tropical way like apricot and yellow kiwi. It gives some fresh citrus flavors like in lemon cake. I get nutty nougat flavors as well. This is a great and whisky with lots of complexity. It keeps growing inside the glass. Exciting stuff!
    • Taste
      On arrival quite some softbitter flavors. I guess this one is bottled right on time otherwise the wood would have become to dominant. After a few seconds more of it’s tropical flavors are detectable and the whole gets way more balanced. It really transforms into a delightful palate!
    • Finish
      Oh this long finish is awesome! Fantastic!! What a development and complexity in the finish!! It gives more of the flavors mentioned above.

      Truly stunning stuff! Definitely buy a bottle material if only it was still available at or around release price.

  19. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: toffee, toffee, vanilla, cappuccino, butter biscuits, still toffee and vanilla on the palate, oily, a wax reminiscent of old ben Nevis in bourboun or something clynelish, peanut butter and vanilla, toasted almonds, with more sour water, cedar and lemon zest. Weird but really good, it looks aged in sherry even though it's actually a bourboun cask.

  20. W_W scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    One of the best unpeated malt I've had so far. A very good mouthfeel with taste of kiwi and strawberry yogurt. Very long finish. At the end, you feel like the yogurt turns into whipped cream.

  21. L_Gillian scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: Straw-yellow gold
    Great fat and oily Benrinnes, not as fruity as i'm used to, but probably the best Rinnes i've had yet.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Medium intensity. Fat, fruity and oily. Slight alcohol bite. Strawberry yoghurt, garden soil, walnuts and a healthy amount of sweet malt and fudge. This one has less fruity, more fatty oily notes compared to most Benrinnesses i’ve tried.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fantastic texture... Oily, drying. Chili pepper, pleasant old oak spices, again only a bit fruity. Fresh herbals like mint and coriander, a warming sensation, not bitter nor sweet, very balanced, leaning towards vegetable.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Intense and long finish. Strawberry yoghurt from the metallic lid for a moment. Slightly bitter oak, drying, chalky mineral and hop. Distant more ripe fruitiness.

  22. RoytjeV scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Very nice whisky. Strong Taste of butterscotch and a lovely finish with a twist of vanilla and a little bit of a pepper kick.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. the_muskox scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    It’s interesting, but on the bitter side for me. I like the complexity linen notes, the hints of tropical fruit, and the creamy vanilla, as well as the long finish. It got better with time and water, but that astringency hung on, and it really took this dram down for me. If that bitterness wasn’t there, I’d probably have loved it. Ah well.

    Nose: Off-dry and soft. The fruit is all fairly green, but still juicy: honeydew melon, coconut water, pears, key limes, lychee, and white wine. Nutty, slightly waxy. Macadamias and brazil nuts, maybe some untoasted sesame seeds too. Some warm woody spices: nutmeg, clove, very mild cinnamon. Some roasted barley and crusty French bed. Fresh linen and dandelions.

    Palate: Medium texture. Wow, much punchier than the nose. Not particularly sweet. Bananas, coconut, and grass up front. Lots more of that fresh linen note, as well as bitter citrus pith. Rich oak on the development: cigar boxes, walnut wood, and freshly-polished furniture. It does a bit of a turn into sweeter notes, with some vanilla bean coming in. Some kind of fruity tropical funk in there, maybe breadfruit.
    Some more time in the glass and the dram has softened a bit. There’s sweeter coconut and pineapple now, along with vanilla, cream, and toasted barley.
    A dribble of water smooths things out even further, and beefs up the mouthfeel. A bit of a cotton candy note, along with paraffin, lime zest, and flowers.

    Finish: Fairly long. Grassy and astringent, slowly getting sweeter. More dandelion stems, with some overbrewed green tea and citrus pith. Lingering marshmallows, buttercream icing, malted barley, mint, and banana.
    Water adds green apple, savoury barley, and some warm spice notes of allspice and star anise.

  24. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  25. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Apple, almond, coconut, peanut, grass, peach and honey.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Waxy honey. Coconut, peanut. Water adds apple and a herbal touch.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Vanilla, honey and coconut.

  26. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It took me some time to get this dram somewhat in good shape . In below reviews I read that there should be a combination of spices and fruit. But even time and water couldn't really bring forward the fruity notes which I love in Benrinnes. I recently had another Cadenhead Benrinnes (137112) in the glass where the balance was much better. Score first attempt: 86.

    Second try: 27-12-2020:
    Strange, I bought another sample, which gave a completely different score:. Did I eat something wrong the first time? I added my new notes of 27-12-2020 and updated the score.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Quite alcoholic in combination with spices. As mentioned above time and water hardly changes things.

      27-12-2020:
      In contrast to my 1st review, this time the fruity Benrinnes nose is there.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong and powerful. Spices and wood. I keep searching for the fruity notes, but they stay away.

      27-12-2020: spices notes are dominant, but fruity notes are for sure there.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long. Spicy and bitter till the very end.

      Conclusion: I am a big Benrinnes fan, especially when bottled by Cadenhead. But this one I just couldn't get right. Maybe it just wasn't my evening.

      27-10-2020:
      Long finish. only slightly bitter notes. Spices remain dominant in finish.

      Conclusion 27-12-2020:
      I am a big Benrinnes fan. Especially 18+ years old and at CS. This is not the best I drank, but the 2nd attempt was for sure much better than the 1st.

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/07/02/campbeltown-malts-festival-2019-the-wee-cadenhead-tasting/

    N: This a summer/festival dram if ever I was looking for one. With floury marshmallow-fluffy pears, ripe yellow apples, ripe grill-warmed melons, a pineapple hint,… references to Balvenie’s 12yo Double Wood can’t be far away. Anything else of note? White pepper, a pinch of sea salt, lemons, and bananas.

    T: Balvenie-like again but oilier, and with more of the grainy distillate that talks of a light porridgy [Irish-esque] puttiness. The festival fruitiness remains.

    F: Some light sewing machine and > peanut oils join in the festivities. With some grassiness now, the wood has behaved impeccably with a porridgy mash at the final furlong.

    C: An effortless festival Benrinnes, no doubt going for a steal at the time.

  29. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Love this one.

    I don’t think it could have gone much longer, there’s a lot of wood in here. If you’re ok with that, then Its one glorious ride! Kiwi, sap leaching out of fresh cut wood, buckwheat honey, nice fresh herbal notes, mint, black tea, charcoal, cherry... it’s thick and chewy. Wow, I really like this one. Great Benrinnes.

    Edit: I’ve drink the bottle down and although it’s still great stuff, it’s not as good as the freshly opened bottle. The oak has grown and asserted itself overly the lovely fruits. Still good stuff, but the best when freshly opened. I’ll leave the score as is, but freshly opened bottle is probably 91 pts and near the bottom 89/90 pts.

    Long live Cadenhead’s!

  30. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Meaty and rich. Honey, oak chips, yellow fruit, wax.
    • Taste
      Rich and layered on the palate. Deep honey, fruit, and spice arrival. Medium dark honey, spice, yellow and white sweet fruit.
    • Finish
      Long and billowing with those deep, fruity and honey notes balanced by chalky and drying notes.

  31. fradin11 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  32. fradin11 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  33. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Glass: Blender's
    Aroma: a cocktail of fresh honey, meadow flowers and fruits (pears, pineapple, banana, melon). Vanilla, wax and a drop of salt are present. There is absolutely no alcoholism. Buzz for the nose. 23.5
    Taste: there is a strength, vanilla, fruits with sourness (pineapple), waxing 22
    Aftertaste: a long, pleasant herbal bitterness going into black pepper, spices and salt. 22
    Interesting molt. Good balance. 23 The best of the Wynnes, who had ever tried at this moment. Closest to modern Klineelish.

  34. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    One of the best and tastiest Benrinnes I've ever had in a glass.
    Fruity, sweet, malt, vanilla, caramel, light spices and herbs, grass, hay, very complex, balanced and balanced.
    Works without as well as with water.
    Long finish, it swims well.

  35. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 22 22 22 88

    A good nose, then a little strong, but on the verge, powerful but drinkable!

  36. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose 23, taste 22, finish 22.5, balance 22.5

  37. elliottback scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    This is a really nice dram, and Cadenhead are really putting out a fantastic product at the price point. I would definitely buy this particular bottle again.
    • Nose
      lemon cake, petrichor, ethanol, some bananas
    • Taste
      citrus fruit tarts, sweet n' sour gummies, oreo cookies, and cut grass
    • Finish
      some of the oak comes through at the end, long, honeyed green tea and vanilla

  38. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  39. maltandgrains scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Nutty, fruity and spicy. Candlelight wax. Honey. Lemon.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Fruity and spicy, before a bit of dry, woody bitterness comes in to play. Lemon and hints of wax. Somewhat artificial.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The bitterness of the wood really comes through in the finish, which is a little unfortunate. Other than that a bit of honey and sweetness is left behind.

  40. Mark-E scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  41. mer1973 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  42. DavidH. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  44. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  45. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  46. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fruits on raw land, minerals and shells, coal and wax, burlap and white pepper. Pretty tangible degree, tight and assertive 2223'89

  47. gooos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly an interesting malt. He did not quite hit my taste. But it was nice to taste it.
    • Nose
      Initially (even after a few minutes) rather mineral / earthy nose paired with garden herbs. Then some mint. After a while, fruits are coming through. But rather go in the direction of citrus fruits. Lemon and orange peel. Still pretty green mirabelle plums. Sawdust. Maybe some honeycomb and tree juice.
    • Taste
      In the mouth a mixture of decent woody spices and some fruit. Peppery and nutty. The mirabelles are now a bit more mature. Then these Haribo ginger lemon fruit gums. Hints of wax.
    • Finish
      Orange peel. Grapefruit. Dry wood.

  49. StanM scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Fruit drum
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  50. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Lovely whisky, intense and full of fresh fruity and sweet aroma's and flavours. Very enjoyable dram.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity and sweet, citrus, orange, honey, spicey too, cinnamon. Peach, vanilla. Fresh aroma's.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong, pepper, sweet and fruity, orange, pineapple, honey. Very intense, vanilla too, citrus.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Still strong and powerful, pepper, orange, fruity and sweet, pretty long finish.

  51. Steven79 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  52. Rien scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  53. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  54. SebasDB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fruitbasket. Very nice dram!

  55. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dill, turnip, honey, fresh green chillies (maybe even a hot coconut curry), some lacquer. With water and time, now here are some fruits: banana, and kiwi, indeed, fruit salad (as per the official notes). Not a fruit bomb, rather fruit integrated with spicy aromatic and herbal vegetal notes.
    • Taste
      An explosion of fruits and sweet spices, very full bodied and coating. Gooseberry, oranges, kiwi, ginger. Long finish more on fruit salad notes, with nutmeg. Great balance and integration between cask and spirit.

  56. bakerman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  57. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  58. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  59. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  60. rpvdwel scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  61. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  62. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] The new Cadenhead spring release is out and after nosing all drams (which is a great and fair service of the Cadenhead shop, thanx for that!) I decided to buy four different bottles out of this release - among them this one...

    ...which is a truly strange animal and an amazing experience - just like drinking a high proof strawberry yoghurt with nut chips. Sounds crazy? It is! And it is hard to score - for curiosity I go for 90+ points, for purity and tradition it is rather 86- points, so I opt for in-between. And to be honest: I really enjoyed this tasting experience...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate nutty-toffee profile with delicious home-grown fruits and some earthy aromas (garden soil). In addition honey, waxy and old wooden notes (used casks) pop up and later spring floral aromas. This is quite complex and without any flaw, but it is rather unusual too.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is spicy-nutty first and develops interesting (somewhat artifical) fruity flavours over time (cherry, strawberry) - like the fruit supplements in cheap yoghurts. I do not like such yoghurt but in a dram this is an amazing experience (in combination with the nuts and spices). I am not sure if this is to everybody's liking but it is unusual and for sure worth a try. Water releases chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother but less interesting, too. I like to have the first dram neat but the second one somewhat reduced to about 43% abv.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor drying moment (cardboards). The finish is long and adds even more of these strange (artifical) fruity flavours and some bitter notes (hops, tannins) which form a compelling profile towards the end. This is a funny dram to explore and quite unusual - I like it for that!

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