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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1997 Wy
2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points
- Very nice. I've had a similarly-aged 90p Rinnes before, and this comes pretty damn close. It's just too bitter in the aftertaste for a higher score, but the nose alone is to die for.
I really have to say, Benrinnes is more and more on my radar, more or less in the same league (and often with a similar character) as Clynelish, Glenlossie, Glen Elgin, and Mannochmore.
Waxy, oily, fatty, greasy.... This is some substantial, heavy spirit. There's more to it than that, though - in this case, a top-notch bourbon barrel that supplies plenty of caramelized sugars and savory oak spices. Also, the acidity and overall fruitiness: I'd say kiwi and kumquat (it certainly goes beyond the usual citrus fruits), alongside some dried-fruit notes like fig and raisin (and that in a bourbon-matured bottling!). Very heady and fragrant, with quite few floral notes that add extra complexity. Warm sauna wood and essential herbal oils. An overachiever in its age bracket.
A big distillate and a loud cask; a different distillery might've fared far worse here. Spicy, rich, full. Thick honey, corn syrup, warming spices, cough drops, freshly chopped ginger, tonic water, a lot of herbal and/or arboreal notes (eukalyptus, pine needles, etc.). Not as spectacular as the nose, but still highly competent and honest ex-bourbon-barrel malt whisky, albeit a bit on the bitter side.
The only imperfection: it gets quite bitter over time, which may not be for everyone. There's still some honeyed sweetness and plenty of oak spice, but also a distinct bitterness that doesn't even seem to owe so much to the wood, i.e, the tannins (but it would have, to right?). It's not peppery or anything, but very present and persistent (tried this on separate occasions and always had the same impression).