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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 2009 AD
18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.15 points
- sulphur alert. Young, not balanced so well
- Nose: very complex. And first of all - surprisingly - smoky! I feel around 20 ppm. Also: earthy, slightly dusty, dry wood, wet asphalt, pumpernickel, pomegranate, chocolate (bittersweet), aronia berries, rock pear fruits, white currants. So much at once! The alcohol is very well integrated. I would blindly estimate the age twice.
Palate: Even more smoke (towards charcoal), very lightly sulphurous - and again dry wood, pumpernickel, pomegranate and rock pear fruits (I've never had this in a whisky). Alcohol is also optimally integrated here. I like it incredibly well.
Finish: very long with charcoal, pomegranate peel, rock pear fruits and a little bit of sulfur (not gunpowder, but sulfur-containing mineral water), which doesn't bother here at all, but is an interesting addition.
Conclusion: For me, a candidate for the whisky of the year. How it happens that a Benrinnes suddenly becomes smoky can only be speculated. There was also a smoky Cragganmore because Talisker had excess peat malt and this was given to Cragganmore. Perhaps it was here that the main maturation - before the sherry finish - took place in an Ex-Islay or Ex-Ledaig barrel. Definitely a unique and very good bottling!
- 0.5 left
opened for more than a year
Colour: Dark Amber
Intense tobacco and orange, nutty, leather, dark chocolate, maple syrup, ginger bread, hints of iodine, subtle peach, spots of sulphur behind fruitiness in first min
Fantastic nosing, very complex and balanced
Medium major body, very rich dark chocolate and tobacco, coffee, citrus, sherry sweet, light leather, peach touches
3/10 Sweet after 30 mins
Tobacco, delicate sherry sweet, leather, spots of peach and herbs
End with light herbs
Length: Long (3mins13sec)