Overall rating
89.37/100
votes
138
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
Barcode
5021944110421
Bottled for
Kirsch Import
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
06 jan 2021 12:14 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 184.58

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138 × member ratings

171 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Benrinnes 1995 SV

45 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.37 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. DavidH. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  4. Rien scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Toffee, tobacco, orange, tropical fruits, cereals, apricot, peach, marzipan, vanilla, indeed some cucumber on the nose, very good

  6. Steven79 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. MasterMork scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Key_to_Wisdom scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Dill bitch...

  9. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Banzai scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  13. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  14. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  18. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  19. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    07.12.2021, blind
    • Nose
      Dark dried fruits, nuts, leather, tobacco, orange, in the very background some wild berry jam, apricot, cinnamon, very little sweetness, a few herbs, some wood
    • Taste
      Apricot, passion fruit, grapefruit, wild berry jam, nuts

  21. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  22. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What a weird whisky. If you let yourself into the cucumber then it runs through like a red thread and you can find it in the nose, on the palate and in the finish. I've never had such an aroma before. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of cucumbers, but I find this straightness extremely exciting and interpret this as a quality feature. What I also like is the seamless transition of the oak from the palate to the finish. Unfortunately, he lacks variety there. On the palate, the flavors, except for the oak, are too entertaining for me. A bit too ambitious in terms of price in my opinion. Still not a bad whisky, it's not his fault that I have a problem with cucumbers - December 10th, 2021
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very direct and complex, I give the whisky a little more time. Unbelievable, I also have the cucumber, but more in the direction of land cucumber, freshly cut and with a slight bitterness, plus green herbs, caramel, honey, otherwise very grassy, green fruits, gooseberries, apples, the fruits turn into orange, apricot jelly, im The background is another note that I know but cannot define because the cucumber and the sweetness in between always struggle. Huh? Bread with cream cheese and dill, really crazy ..
    • Taste
      88 88
      Cooling, bitter-sweet, the cucumber aroma can also be found here, black pepper, very creamy and malty, grassy, flowery, elder, liquorice, intense oak
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, the bitterness of the oak increases considerably and stays for a long time, turns into a fruity bitterness like from a tea (bag) that has been drawn too long, at the end there is a herbal note as well as wet wood and sawdust

  23. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting:

    looks very fresh in the overall profile
    • Nose
      light fruits, very fresh, herbs, rather reserved, light nuts, some citrus fruits, caramel, honey
    • Taste
      fruity, light fruits, honey, herbs, nuts, slightly hot
    • Finish
      intensely light fruity, nuts, caramel, slightly sourish bitter at the end

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

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

  26. dapoinbua scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  27. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. 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

  29. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very good Benrinnes. Initially quite floral and somewhat volatile on the nose with a distinct green herbacious note. Also very strong on the fruity side with the typical orchard fruits, canned peaches and something tropical.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  32. g2ther scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  33. L_Gillian scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  34. yggr scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Soderberg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  38. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very idiosyncratic, special malt that is highly complex in aroma, but also in taste and finish. For me one of the tastier whiskys, worth a full 90 points. Certainly, however, opinions will differ on this whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I was a bit skeptical about the first notes, but I immediately liked this herbal.
    Nose and taste very tasty undiluted. Departure is less concise.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  40. KonstUA scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22.5, taste 22.5, finish 22, balance 22

  41. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I'm making it easy for myself now.

    The notes from Vallado and Totoro fit so well that there isn't much to add on my part.

    When I read that oxygen cannot be harmful either, I first drank about 1cl from the bottle and then left the sample for a few days.
    After that, those "green" notes, which also remind me of a cucumber salad or something, became less. Before that, they were almost too much for me. Now they are a bit weakened, but they are still there. I think it's really funny.
    As I said, Notes see Vallado and Totoro.

    I don't think it's bad, but it's not quite my taste. But can understand if you like it.

  42. bvrsky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  43. JNuyts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  44. GlasMost scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  45. 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

  46. 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

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

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

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