Overall rating
Single Malt
Daily Dram (DD)
Bottling serie
The Nectar of the Daily Drams
Stated Age
21 years old
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Sep 2019 1:42 pm by Tophuis
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 340,41

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51 × member ratings

49 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1997 DD

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.50 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    [Quick festival note] Wow, wow, wow. I'm not a sherry freak at all yet I can assure you that this is just bursting with quality. Big sherry + big wood + Benrinnes put together could have a million reason to go wrong. It didn't. It's just a perfect sherry. Zero off-note. Seriously, very strong recommendation on this one. The price is heavy, indeed it is, but the last time Macallan or Glendronach proposed a sherry of such high quality, it was literally for five to ten times this price. So, think about it. Anyone who's looking for a big, fat and flawless sherry with hardly any woody notes (and ready to pay the price) should seriously consider this. 91 today, but I could see myself scoring it 92 (which is saying a lot). I've got a larger sample coming in a few weeks, I'll revisit it.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Well okay, that's our winner of the night indeed (together with the new Clynelish 1995 23yo DD). Big fat old sherry like in the good old days. Superb profile, very integrated. Not an *ounce* of wood, just superb sherry. Vintage red vermouth, venison with porcini sauce, leather, bitter cocoa. Splendid fat and complex sherry that's winking at more "old school" profiles. Super spontaneous, zero sulfur, and even some distillery character shining through : almost a miracle.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Splendid again. The arrival is soft but soon to begin a tremendous crescendo in power but in a slightly sweeter and fruitier register. Raspberry mostly, always a joy. Some buttery leather and cocoa to round it off. Blood orange and still this almost herbal feeling of red vermouth, reminding me of Gancia (but less bitter). Again, it's a miracle but there really is no wood "per se" to talk about, it's all about the big sherry and the distillate.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Still perpetuates that vermouth feeling initially with acidic red fruits and citrus skins, and then the miracle goes on as it transitions to super fresh notes of citrusy hops, white mint and lemon balm. This is really super fresh, makes you want to take another sip right afterwards.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    remarkable color!
    macerated grapes, a little grassy, mold, dry and used leather, soggy wood, caramel, a little mushroom, slightly maderized wine sauce, strong and intense; return of cooked vanilla, very sweet
    sweet malt, a little caramel, a little strawberry wine and its syrup, spices a little peppery, leather, dust, some dark chocolate back with the spices again, a little camphor too and finally the alcohol which warms the palate, a little cooked almond and its kernel
    the fruity side made of macerated and macerated on red and black fruits at the same time, which lasts
    long, hot, tenacious, on soggy and dried malt, slightly cooked, on sherry fruit, dark chocolate and mushrooms in a caramel base,
    long and lasting finish.

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      Great, delicious, dark fruits, no alcohol, sweet herbs, Christmas cookies, minimal Grainnote for me funny way.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Cool and pleasant, alcohol well integrated but noticeable, after a few seconds, the jerks in the mouth, you can feel the 56.3% but not negative.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Intensive, medium-long, strong sherry, slightly woody, slightly bitter, sticks in the mouth and pulls with neat whining nice and long after

  4. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Quite a sherry bomb this is. Its oscillating between bitter and sweet, mixed with juicy overtones. Lovely Benrinnes if you love sherry. Also, no sulfur to be found here, for those who wonder.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sour-sweet. Tons of raisins, dried figs, and prunes. Chocolate-coated oak chips, crushed grape skin, and melted caramel sauce. Juicy honeydew juice, orange jams, and well-aged brandy.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Juicy arrival. Immediately drying, with tons of eucalyptus and sweet licorice. Then it bounces back and your saliva has a chance to return. Sugary tannins are meandering to coconut and cocoa powder. Milk chocolate? Bounty bars perhaps.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium-long. Tannic, yet it is not overly bitter, with herbal teas and honeyed menthol, as well more blood orange liqueurs.

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Bram84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted @ SITS 2019

  8. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    No doubt that this is a high quality bottling. Me too strong Sherrylastig. Not my loot scheme ...

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 21 83


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