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Overall rating
87.14/100
votes
11
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
2000
Bottled
06.2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
618
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 Jun 2019 3:14 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 95.06

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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 2000 CA

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.14 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2019] Cadenhead released a number of different Benrinnes bottlings during the last two years and most of them were of an above-average quality (scoring 88-90 points in my book) so Benrinnes moved up several positions in my list of favourite distilleries to follow up (during the same time the new Macallan dropped to the last quartile in that list while the old Macallan proudfully defends its Top 3 position - come hell or high water). So I am very curious if this younger Benrinnes will keep up the high standards set by its predecessors aged 20+ years...

    ...and it does! I wonder what Benrinnes did differently during the nineties to produce such fine spirits but finally I do not care - I like it. This is best bang for your bucks if you are into the rather old traditional style of Scotch whisky (meaning distillate-driven instead of wood-driven, a complex and balanced profile instead of heavy flavour spikes, and an age statement - of course!). I bought another bottle...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a rich and powerful sweet honeyed profile that is very delicious to sniff despite it is not very complex. After some breathing lush overripe fruits (banana, oranges, cantaloupe) join the honeys and turn the nose even more sweet before finally the spices and herbs of the wood set a welcomed counterpoint. The longer I sniff the more aromas pop up, among them earthy (forest soil), beeswaxy and chalky-mineral notes. Hey, this is not bad for an 18-years old! Actually, I really like to nose this mix (especially after 15-20 minutes of breathing time).
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is layered on different honeys and rather bitter fruits (bitter oranges, lime) first that form an interesting combo. Later toffee and caramel notes join in that combine to a nutty milk chocolatey impression over time. The spices come late but powerful with peppers, ginger, cardamon and others but the next layer soothes them again with fine oily and waxy notes. This is all quite harmonic and balanced and very interesting to explore - ooh, and it is greatly chewable. Water releases more earthy aromas and impressions of a dunnage warehouse in the nose while it turns the taste more bitter-nutty (almonds) with a touch of burnt caramel (crème brûlée). Actually, I like to nose and drink this dram both neat and reduced at various levels - it is an excellent swimmer so play around with water to find your perfect drinking strength...
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and creamy on the palate and instantly covers the whole of the mouth with a fine coating without distracting moments. This is a pretty good mouthfeel! The finish is long and adds some interesting flavours of autumn floral aromas and herbs (dry sunflowers, haystacks and the like). The spices stay in tune with the sweetness of the honeys and barley sugars, it just gets a little dry towards the end (tobacco, green tea) but this is welcomed after the enormous sweetness at the start.

  2. RichardMayston scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Glorious old gold colour indicates 18 years in some fairly active oak, but the Benrinnes distillate dominates it with ease. Aggressive fruits, apples, pears, with a mineral chalky hit. Some base notes of baked apple, spices and crumble. Iridescent, extremes of sweet and bitter, mouth filling. The worm tubs with age add a full orchestra to the palate. One of the most dramtic fruiters I've had in quite a while, hulking, chiselled, intense. Delightful.

  3. RichardMayston scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Glorious old gold colour indicates 18 years in some fairly active oak, but the Benrinnes distillate dominates it with ease. Aggressive fruits, apples, pears, with a mineral chalky hit. Some base notes of baked apple, spices and crumble. Iridescent, extremes of sweet and bitter, mouth filling. The worm tubs with age add a full orchestra to the palate. One of the most dramtic fruiters I've had in quite a while, hulking, chiselled, intense. Delightful.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    from a 2cl sample
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Young, dry and nutty, maybe some peat?Icing sugar, dried spices, gin spices?
    • Taste
      Sweet and rich, herb medicine, very old-style CA, like a lot of CA bottlings from mid-90s, quite interesting.
    • Finish
      Long, herb medicine, rich and oaky.

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