Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Na Bràithrean (NaB)
Bottling serie
Wee Brother
Stated Age
11 years old
Finished in a 1st fill Oloroso 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. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Wee 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, starting with the Wee Brother that was finished in a first fill oloroso octave.

    Lovely sweet nose on butterscotch, rhubarb jam, hazelnuts, chocolate with praline filling and lemon sherbet. Mashed fruit with some lactic notes after a few moments. Inviting.

    Nice mouth feel. Silky soft. Fruit, but with a drying edge. The rhubarb returns and is joined by some backed apples, lots of caramel and some moreish traits. The spices translate into cinnamon, vanilla and a whiff of saffron. Wonderfully sweet.

    Long, very sweet and softly spicy finish with a wonderful trace of smoke at the death.

    Impressive. Very accessible and sweet dessert. I like this one a tad better than the Big Brother, but then I do have a sweet tooth.

  2. TheHeid scored this whisky 91 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
      91 91
      Flambéed cherries. Deep dark cacao notes, rich burnt hazelnut praline, cinnamon and nutmeg. Treacle tart. Butterscotch, tablet (scottish tablet, that is). Rich earthy rhubarb crumble. Small bursts of sherbet citrus. Rich, thick, texturous
    • Taste
      92 92
      Velvety, rich mouthfeel. Salivating dryness, lip-smacking. Still cinnamon spiced but with baked red apples. Stewed fruits, released caramels, butterscotch again filing the mouth. Mouthfiling, little pockets of flavour with each little taste. More involuntary lip smacking, very moreish
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry but rich. Feels like a quick finish initially but then another wave of richer dried fruit. Little bit of smoke turns to slightly over cooked pastry. Just makes you want to go back for more

  3. Dominic did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Thanks for this beautiful and tasty sample Andrew :-)
    • Nose
      Leather, slightly wooden, light tobacco (Amphora), cuberdon, orange, lime, overripe mango or honeydew melon.
    • Taste
      Milk chocolate, apple fritter, tangerine wedges in syrup.
    • Finish
      ABV could safely have been CS.


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