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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 2009 AD
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points
- Fantastic. A ten year old whisky of this quality is a joy. Of course, it's mainly the cask dominating here But that cask is just stunningly good! Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/09/16/drei-von-einer-destille-unabhaengige-benrinnes/
- Nose: some caramel, dark chocolate, tobacco, a bit of natural rubber (but in a good way - it adds an extra dimension and is pleasant unlike artifical rubber) - in other words a lovely ex-oloroso sherry cask. No Sulphur. Adelphi seems to be one of the few indie bottlers around today who can source such high-quality sherry casks.
Mouth: more dark chocolate, coffee, wood smoke, a hint of citrus peel providing welcome acidity, hazelnut cream, and that natural rubber again (which is again positive, but though somewhat dominant at cask strength, a few drops of water help it regain a rather perfect balance between the sherry, smoky, drying and rubbery notes). The finish is long, on dark chocolate and herbal tea. A fully mature malt, which allows the stunning cask to shine without it becoming too dominant - or being too young with the spirit/alcohol being too rough and harsh. The alcohol is very well integrated. A lovely selection - thanks for bringing this to Switzerland Ullrich!
- This Benrinnes is a surprise ...
A sharp sweet bomb as long as there is no water.
With water, this Benrinnes becomes unexpectedly smoky ...
The sweetness remains in the foreground, but yes, the smoky taste is there to stay ...
- Why ist this perfect one Exclusively only bottled for Switzerland ? I'm so sad !
- This Adelphi + Benrinnes is nearly PERFEKT
Big hug to the Swiss-Guy how send me this Dram
- This bottling from Adelphi comes from a First Fill Sherry Cask. The color gives a hint ...
An insider tip and almost a must for sherry lovers!
The nose would indicate older than 10 years. The alcohol is nicely incorporated and the typical sherry notes are complemented with black chocolate, some fruit compote, oak, old leather and a touch of smoke. It's really fun! I would not tap a Benrinnes in the blind tasting.
Berry selection, black chocolate again, nice spiciness and slightly dirty sherry of high quality.
Warming creaminess, slight bitterness complete the whole. I would personally leave out water, it becomes unbalanced and a little sprittig young.
Spiciness, sherry and a hint of smoke fade away.