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Overall rating
87.80/100
votes
15
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
2000
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
186
Strength
58.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Jul 2019 9:07 pm by Cask1988
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.50

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15 × member ratings

41 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 2000 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.80 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] Maybe my taste buds are biased towards such profiles but I really liked all the recent Benrinnes bottlings of Cadenhead very much and there were quite a few - I scored them all between 88 and 90 points (except the youngest 14-years old that was rather weak at 80 points). So this new release is a must try, for sure...

    ...and you can flagellise me but this is another great Benrinnes, actually I like it most of them all. Besides the lush and delicious Benrinnes profile all offer this one owns the "extra kick": A chocolatey-coffee note that I admire and which can be hardly found as bold as in this dram. I think, this is a real bargain at around 70 Eurobucks and I stocked some bottles of this dangerously quaffable stuff...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the lush and rich Benrinnes profile of fruits (peaches, green apples), honeys, waxes, spices and summer floral impressions. After some breathing time earthy notes join in and the sweet aromas step back to leave the stage for more old Highland-stylish impressions of beeswax, minerals and chalk. Later an interesting note of unused bandages appears, but I do not find neither the "cherry cola" nor the "antiseptic cream" of the official tasting notes... I really adore such complex and interesting profiles but I can understand if modern whisky style lovers will find this not "impressive (spikey)" enough.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wow, what a nice surprise! This dram offers one of the flavours I like most - a chocolate-coffee note (cappuccino). Besides this there are much more flavours with overripe fruits (pears), delicious molten sugars, nuts (walnuts, almonds), herbal and spicy wooden notes. All nicely balanced and without any flaw - chewing this dram is mandatory becauses it releases its secrets slowly only. Like I stated before with other drams: This one is not suited for small sample tasting as it requires both significant time and spirit quantities to snatch all impressions from the glass. But it is worth the effort!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and charming on the palate with a creamy coating mouthfeel and no distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more bitter herbs which are delicious in this context. It vanishes slowly in fading waves with the last ones being sweeter again, even the adorable coffee impression repeats itself towards the end. Water turns the nose (even) more old Highland-stylish with additional earthy, mineral and chalky notes and the taste gets smoother, releasing an impressive honey-toffee flavour that I like. But the great coffee note is gone, unfortunately - I like this dram best when neat, but the reduced version is quaffable too. A fine whisky to play a little with water.

  2. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fruity, flowery, spicy.
    • Nose
      Like Geraniums, quite earthy with cherry cola and faint whiff of antiseptic cream.
    • Taste
      Rey bread, creamy with dunnage warehouse and then some peach skins and over ripe pears.
    • Finish
      A mixture of spice, earthy notes and then big juicy fruits.

  3. jttoft did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nice clean bourbon Benrinnes. No distractions.
    Very crisp and also a slight harshness that makes it seem a few years younger than 18 years.
    • Nose
      Green, fresh, and lemony. Light candle wax. Grass. Icing sugar, vanilla, baking spices. Sweet mandarin.
    • Taste
      Soft feel, nice viscosity. Spicy to start. Vanilla, green notes.
      Good sweetness and really nice mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      Nicely spicy on the finish. Green vegetables.

  4. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  5. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. BestOfWest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I fully concur with hs305. It's a rough spirit that starts to behave after considerable time in the glass. It doesn't give all these modern ultra outspoken characterisctics, but it's quite fruity overall I would say. The fact that it isn't agressive nor bitter at all is a true sign for me that this is almost a flawless whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very complex and layered. It's green (tomato branch), earthy (dunnage, dry earth), but also fruity (gooseberry, ripe pear, topping cherry, pineapple chunks), and creamy (milkshake, vanilla, white chocolate).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The palate is full-bodied and mout coating. The white chocolate and cream gain weight, but a whole fruit basket takes over the absolute dominance. It's a combination of tropical and fresh fruits, very lovely. Next, there is a honeyed and waxy feel, which is very pleasant. Molten sugars and some malt make for an extra layer. The finale is never bitter at all.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long, lingering and warm. It's honeyed, with a touch of spice, rumtopf, a combination of dried, tropical and fresh fruits, roasted coffee and earth, cream and oak.

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