Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
32 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
44.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Jul 2020 6:23 pm by IsleofArrik
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 356.59

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106 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1988 MBl

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.47 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    Deep, dark amber, visually reminiscent of the great old sherry malts from before or of course a brandy. But that means nothing. An old oak barrel in the nose. Anyone who has converted a barrel into a bar barrel will immediately recognize this fragrance. Then cream caramel and nutmeg-ginger syrup. Intensive! Cloves, marjoram and green pepper on the herbal side. This is accompanied by dried fruits, especially apricots and, in the background, very light multi-fruit nectar.

    Soft, full-bodied, not thin or watery, rather creamy and warm. Convincing mouthfeel, simply pleasant texture. The taste keeps what the nose promised. Candied fruits such as papayas, apricots and oranges result. In addition prunes and dried physalis. Then it gets minty-tannic - an unexpected freshness meets slightly tart oak, red wine and fine-spicy balsamic vinegar notes. Don't misrepresent, please. The whisky remains wonderfully sweet overall, the balsamic notes, however, help the malt to create a multi-layered, balanced aroma portfolio. Refill-Oloroso would be my tip. Much better than the applied, mostly PX grape-driven, sherry notes, which are unfortunately ubiquitous today.

    The Benrinnes conveys a lot of depth. The long maturity did more than just good for the distillate. Fortunately, the freshness is retained by our test subject. Wax, dried orange pieces, tobacco leaves and earl gray tea follow. Very exciting. The regiment now takes over the regiment from the dried fruit. Finally, it slowly becomes mineral-dry, just like a good red. I was afraid of oak bitterness, but none of it. A nice scent of almonds and apricots remains in the empty Blender's glass. A very fine, elegant sherry malt in a, for my palate, simply fantastic alcohol strength.

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  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Good complexity, balanced, not too sweet - very good!
    I expect the bottle to become better after opening as I tasted a sample from an open bottle first and then opened a new bottle.

    Btw I don't who selected the vegetative flavor icon but it is definitely not vegetative...
    • Nose
      92 92
      Nutty, walnut, hazelnut, spicy, nutmeg, little dried fruits, dates, figs, cocoa, whiffs of fine leather, sherry wood, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla - very good!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, liquorice, little sweetness, little cooked oranges, spices, sherry wood, ginger, pepper, little toasted bread - still good!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, spicy, fruity

  3. Lakerfield scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A 32-year-old ex-sherry butt Benrinnes, practically coming out of nowhere. Cue me very excited! On the nose; No clear sign of old age actually, it's vibrant and lively with fresh fruit. Apple, apricot, cherry, citrus zest, orange juice, fig and mango. Then the candied notes hit. Sugar cane, zure matten (Dutch sour candy), marzipan, caramel, sweet licorice and Belgian praliné. Further on old Oloroso sherry, leather, dunnage funk, hazelnut, cruesli, balsamic vinegar, roast beef, oak, wood polish and a touch of pepper. Remarkable acidity/sourness throughout that plays very well with the fruits. Becomes increasingly deeper with time in the glass, but still keeps that lovely fruitiness. Feels like a 20 year old with 12 years of experience haha. It's lovely. In the mouth; no exaggeration, silky soft due to the ABV but so concentrated and fat. Apple, orange, raisin, mango and plum for the fruits. Then lemon cake, icing sugar, sultana, milk chocolate and caramel popcorn. We got cinnamon, oloroso sherry, balsamic vinegar, ointment, almond, beeswax a hint of limoncello too. Wonderful stuff, layered perfectly. Every note stays in place without wanting to step to the foreground. Finish is medium in length with fudge, apple sauce, cacao dusting , creamy malt and a hint of menthol.

    This was a real journey. One of the softest whiskies I've ever had, I felt no burn at all. Perfect integration of alcohol here. Leave this in the glass for a while after pouring, you'll be rewarded. The only thing keeping this from going higher than 90, is a lack of oomph. That is all. At release price a real gem. Thanks Herman for this tasting opportunity!

    Based on a sample.

  4. Macallan1968 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. BehindSpace scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    this one is a heavy wood driven malt.
    no sulphur and not as sour as many sherry whiskys that are bottled nowadays

    lacks fruityness and complexity imho.

    it could have more ABV, but does not need to.
    I am not sure if it would benefited the malt a lot

    it is fairly priced at around 225 € (release). you won't get much more for your money nowadays

  6. rampah scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Kind of weak in the finish for 32 years of maturation, but it is delicious anyway.

    Price was initially around 230€ a bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Dusty library, leather couch, balsamic, lavender, rosemary, sherry, mango chutney
    • Taste
      Silky, oily, cinnamon, sweet and sour orange, fig, honey, lavender, Brazil nuts
    • Finish
      Mozart balls, cocoa, brandy raisins, spicy, fine dry and long.

  8. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Holy crap....MBL Maltman’s range almost never disappoints. This is no exception. Stunner of a dram!
    • Nose
      I adore this nose! Clearly sherry influences allover the places but integrated so well! The fatty/buttery side of Benrinnes is still so alive. This is breathing age, high quality cask and maturation. Sweet, musty, mature. Old leather, old oak closets, clove, plumbs, ripe cherries and strawberries, walnuts. This is very complex, lively and has a lot to offer!
    • Taste
      On the palate this is so incredibly soft but full bodied at the same time! Fatty, buttery, sweet, dusty, mature and incredibly well balanced! Exceptionally well balanced! Warm red fruit glaze, Hazelnuts and dried green herbs.
    • Finish
      Incredibly gentle and refined! Wood polish, ripe fruits, mint leafs and old oak. I get this typical smell like when standing inside a dunnage warehouse. A truly, truly fantastic dram!

  10. Nikilema scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Oh a great very tasty classic old sherry whisky, but it takes a lot of time to unfold, give it to him and you will be rewarded. Pickled rum raisins, leather polish, herbal liqueur mix, chocolate and coffee, creamy mouthfeel, great


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