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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 2009 AD
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.64 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!