Overall rating
Single Malt
The Old Friends (TOF)
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
52.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Sep 2019 12:35 pm by Frieda K.
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119,78

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33 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1997 TOF

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.13 points

  1. Flou scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    With a light color like sunflower oil, this Benrinnes lies in the glass, which after 21 years of aging was bottled in a bourbon barrel with a wonderful 52.7% alcohol content. The key data sounds good, let's see if the whisky can meet expectations.

    In the nose, a strong alcoholic sharpness initially attacks my sensory cells. A pronounced acidic note now appears behind the alcohol. This reminds me of lemon and lime juice. This citrus note is backed by vanilla biscuits with a subtle sweetness. Then it gets spicy with pepper and ginger and the oak barrel becomes more and more noticeable with wooden aromas that smell of wooden beams in the Bauhaus, earthy tones with a little leather, wet hay and wet tobacco. It all looks out of round and inharmonious. The acidic note is not well integrated into other aromas, the wood has left too many dominant traces, the whisky appears less complex and unbalanced.

    In the mouth, the whisky initially tingles on the tongue, like a shower with a lot of carbon dioxide. Uff, then comes a bitter-sour cargo with lots of wood, wet tobacco, leather and a hint of muff. The citrus fruits are strong, pepper and ginger provide a spiciness with a spiciness, the vanilla is perceptible with a slight sweetness in the background. It was definitely an experience in the
    Mouth that I've never had before. I need to take another sip. Bah ... the woodiness and mustiness become even more intense. This has nothing to do with the pleasant influences of the oak, which you know from the good old whiskys ... this looks totally inharmonious, nothing really fits together, the individual notes do not mesh.

    The finish is slightly bitter with chewed walnuts, musty wood, some hay and tobacco. The citrus fruits are barely noticeable, I no longer feel any of the vanilla biscuits when they smell.

    What can I say? If I had bought a bottle of it, I would be really angry because you can get really great whiskys for this money. Fortunately, this was just a sample and this experience shows me again: Sometimes a blind purchase of a large bottle can really backfire! I haven't had whisky in a glass for so long that was so out of round and inharmonious.

    I give it 80/100 points. And that's the worst whisky I've had in a glass for a long time.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      A lot of fruit, apple, a lot of apple even, a little citrus, very light vanilla sweetness, but not pressing, balanced, appropriate for the percentages with age. The bourbon finish only comes out very subtly at the end, with water more apple.
    • Taste
      Very round, warm, summer, sun, citrus, apple, remains dry on the palate, but alcohol is there, becomes rounder over time.
    • Finish
      Well done, but don't enchant me.

  3. Moses scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Difficult story for me. I like Benrinnes but unfortunately this sample (thanks to André) did not convince me. The PLV doesn't suit me.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Contrary to expectations for a Benrinnes with age. Not the floral sweetness, but rather the dry grassy note with a sharp nose. But it doesn't get better or worse with water. But the nose is very extra. On the good side.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Full program with too much (too long) wood and the alcohol makes it even more dramtic. Sweet yes, but everything seems so above the point. He presses me to find out what went wrong. But don't get it. A pity
    • Finish
      82 82
      Rather short and everything ends in a little disappointment (personal impression) The sample is empty and that's a good thing. If it really is a good malt, I clearly lack the experience for it. Sorry, but I can't handle it.

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Only a bit closed. He needs a few minutes. After a while then sweetness comes through a slight fruitiness. In the mouth then also proper woody spice.
    Overall, a very good malt. For me he has but little fruit.

  5. Dramtastisch scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. sr_tobi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Heavy sweetness, Honigmet, oak, behind it, the alcohol still pushes in the form of fresh mint, as well as herbal tea

      With water:
      Even sweeter and stickier than without.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Full oak, nothing left of the nose, dry.
      In my opinion too long in the barrel.

      With water:
      Will be very mild and shallow.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Comes with and without water too short, is quickly forgotten.


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