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Overall rating
89.69/100
votes
66
Whiskybase ID
WB173886
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
17.10.1995
Bottled
20.10.2020
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
9075
Number of bottles
253
Strength
49.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Kirsch Import
Market
de Germany
Added on
06 Jan 2021 12:14 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 184.90

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115 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1995 SV

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.69 points

  1. Vallado scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Exciting Benrinnes, the highlight for me are the sometimes surprising, almost "extreme" notes in the nose and their exciting play of aromas, which are always well timed, so that the dram never seems boring or too extreme.

    I miss this "wafting" of the aromas on the palate a little, and the finish is pleasant, but I miss a little variation here.

    We recommend adding water if the acid in the nose is too unpleasant. Otherwise the dram becomes "more accessible" with a little water, but imho you deprive yourself of the (the fruit sweetness) opposing "extremes" in the nose.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Slightly scented, sweet and sour. Pineapple, kumquats, papaya, physalis, cold vinegar stock with apple, juniper and mustard seeds (WTF ?!), light grapes, fresh dill, basil and carrot greens. The fruity-sweet and sour-herbaceous notes have a beautiful swirling interplay, in between a hint of vanilla and dry wood flashes

      With a little water the overall impression is more fruity and sweet; the fruit aroma shifts towards passion fruit and red gooseberries, on the other "extremes" the sour notes clearly recede (but remain recognizable) in favor of the herbs, whose impression is intensified. The vanilla is now carried by an almost buttery aroma structure and thus also comes out more clearly
    • Taste
      89 89
      The dram starts fresh, fruity and sweet with juicy apple, peach and nectarine, honey and rose water, before a broad note of pepper fills the tongue. The pepper then turns into dry wood flavor and notes of hay flowers. The fruit sweetness fades into the background the longer I chew the dram. Pleasant texture on the palate

      With a little water, the whisky becomes a bit fruity and sweeter on the palate, but the "basic structure" does not change noticeably (unlike in the nose)
    • Finish
      89 89
      Initially fruity-sweet (apple, peach), the long finish falls increasingly dry, astringent. After a short time, the fruit is completely gone, dry wood, hay flowers and meadow herbs dominate, but do not become unpleasant, because a certain honey sweetness provides a (necessary!) Balance

      With water there is a subtle peppery note in the finish, which holds its own against the dry, tart notes

  2. GlasMost scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A really super interesting malt for nerds. I started with a 15 flora and fauna just to get into the Rinnes groove. Always liked the 15 F&F so I gave this 25yo senior a try. Tried both side by side. This 25yo is whole different ball game. Restrained nose at the beginning. It needs time. After 20+ min: Old school aromas, herbs, pickle!!!! and honey? Nice mouthfeel, oily, green tea, herbs, little citrus, perfect drinking strength. All flavors are multi dimensional, very complex, well interwoven and blend together perfectly. Is there a rye note? Some ryes have a dill-pickle-like aroma. Actually this is a result of the fermentation process. A certain bacteria creates a lactic acid. This rye dill picke aroma suits the malt. Never had that before in a scotch. If you know Hendricks gin you might get a glimps of what I mean. Actualy the pickle came and went 2-3 times during nosing and tasting. Made me laugh!
    Don´t get me wrong. I do not consider it a flaw. I love it. The rest of the flavors change simultaneously between juicy yellow fruits like pears, apricots and yellow plums, honey sweetness, still undetected herbal & light citrus notes and dryness – visited by a yummy dill pickle for a second in between.
    Finish: long lasting, first a little on the dry side then sweeter. Excellent balance over all.
    I am absolutely looking forward to spend more time (just had 10cl over 3 days) with this very entertaining, old school malt. Definitely a unicorn and worth the hefty price (185€/225$ in Feb. 2021) imho.

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    At the first try, the cucumber association dominated everything, the second time, with a little air in the bottle, it was completely different. Got me after all, even if I still don't find the oak influence optimal, especially at the back.
    • Nose
      89 89
      First of all, really very present: pickled cucumber! Including vinegar and dill. I've never had that form and clarity. Crazy. Then herbs (rosemary and thyme, maybe) and spicy honey. Later sawdust and hay. I have a hard time with the fruit: in any case, something sour rather than sweet. Mirabelle plums, gooseberries ... So the direction. With increasing service life, the wood emerges more clearly, which is not necessarily the best, since, in my impression, it is simply a "neutral" oak note that is more associated with a carpenter's workshop and wall unit than with a quarter-century malt that is price moved towards 200 €. In addition, the cucumber association occasionally fades into the background, but never disappears completely. Interesting, but also a bit weird.
      Edit: after the first sips I become more gracious, because it performs better in the mouth than in the nose, and the impression is then transferred a little when you smell it again.
      Another edit: on day 2 with more air a completely different number, now much rounder and creamier, the "cucumber" has almost completely disappeared. Score is again increased significantly.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, juicy and dry-crunchy-woody in the beginning. The pickled cucumber pickled in vinegar and dill (now also with peppercorns) is definitely still there, but is now flanked by rich honey sweetness and beautiful fruit flavors (peach and apricot). Maybe even some elderberry? Also has something floral. Very tasty and strong, but not worth the high price. I would have put it blindly in the 120 € category.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Finishes dry, with a clear and unfortunately, as I said, somewhat "neutral" wood influence, some residual sweetness and - especially in comparison with the impression on the palate - relatively little fruit.

  4. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fresh cucumber profile, spicy taste and finish, yes, I like it 22.5-22.5-22-22, but the tastiest benrinness for me is still from cadenhead id 127955

  5. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very idiosyncratic but exciting bottling due to the cucumber notes. In the almost 200 euro price range, however, I do not see it in view of what is on offer, 100-150 euro would be appropriate.
    • Nose
      90 90
      actually something like pickle or cucumber salad straight away (but not unpleasant); Dill; sweet and sour fruit notes; Gooseberries; some pineapple; Physalis; delicate wood notes in the background
      - idiosyncratic but exciting and tasty nose
    • Taste
      88 88
      fruity-sweet; Peaches; Apricots; Apples; Honey; there is also some cucumber with dill on the palate; spicy fresh wood, slightly peppery note
    • Finish
      87 87
      becoming increasingly dry and fresh wood notes emerge more; some pepper; delicate fruit notes

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very idiosyncratic, special malt that is highly complex in aroma, but also in taste and finish. For me one of the tastiest whiskys I've drunk so far, worth a full 90 points. But for sure, opinions will differ about this whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. bvrsky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. JNuyts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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