Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Na Bràithrean (NaB)
Bottling serie
Big Brother
Stated Age
11 years old
Finished in a 1st fill PX Octave
Number of bottles
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Oct 2020 11:17 pm by Dominic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 97.15

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4 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 2008 NaB

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.50 points

  1. Dominic did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Thanks for the nice sample Andrew :-)
    • Nose
      Cherries, red fruits, cherries, strawberry, light apricot, subtle hint of banana, semillion grape (raisins).
    • Taste
      Guimauve, bacon, honey drink, Caprisun safari.
    • Finish
      Nice finish, lacks a bit of punch due to lower ABV.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Big Brother

    Na Bràithrean (say ‘na-brah-rin’) means ‘the brothers’ in Gaelic. You’ve guessed it: this new independent bottler was founded in 2019 by two brother: Andy and Brendan. But they take it to the next level! There releases will also be brothers, meaning they will release them in duos: two whisky’s from the same distillery, same vintage, but from different casks. The ‘lighter’ one will be the Wee Brother, the ‘heavier’ one the Big Brother. So far they have released two Glencadam 2011, two Caol Ila 2011 and two Benrinnes 2008. It’s the final set that I’ll be putting head-to-head, ending with the Big Brother that was finished in a first fill PX octave.

    Less outspoken than the Wee Brother, but also nicely sweet on pear syrup, banana chips, sultanas and strawberries. Lovely notes of oak as well. It’s just fabulous how different they are.

    Silky soft on the palate, immediately quite piquant on cinnamon, white pepper and liquorice. Some vanilla and maple syrup to soften things up. Sultanas return, are joined by dark plums and some dried fruit, banana included. The alcohol is slightly less integrated in this Big Brother.

    The finish is medium long, softly drying on dried fruit and white pepper. It dies a slightly bitter death.

    I cannot shake the feeling that this PX octave was a lot less active than the oloroso cask on which the Wee Brother was finished. This is a lot less outspoken and more dry. I prefer the Wee Brother, even though both are very much worthy of your attention.

  3. TheHeid scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Simply put, these brothers are delightful. The texture of Benrinnes lends itself so well to both finishes. They end up as a wondrous couple of drams, very moreish

    Take your time with these brothers, they are worth it. So very good
    • Nose
      89 89
      Cola cubes, black cherries paired with bright red fresh strawberries. Caramelised banana fritters. Like fresh baked sweet pie crust. Over baked shortbread. Sultanas, baked into syrup flapjacks. And yet with all of this the balance is right
    • Taste
      91 91
      Initial punch of alcohol spice, fades into mouth warming cinnamon, dried sweet fruit. Sultanas again, baked plums. Candied maple bacon, pancakes and syrup. Dries the mouth but is lip-smacking so intensifies the flavours. They come in waves to fill the upper mouth
    • Finish
      90 90
      As per the last lines. Mouth filling, drying but only to make you want another sip. Rich dried fruits, sultanas turn to raisins and cranberries, unctuous mouth feel.


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