I was immediately impressed by the nose. I had so much vanilla and Storck Riesen as light fruits that I initially thought of vanilla cream puddig or even Künefe or Creme Brule'. Later, I smelled raspberry and dusty oak. But the alcohol wasn't that unpleasantly stinging or pungent in the nose. After the malt was breathing in the glass for 10 minutes, it became increasingly softer and the alcohol was no longer noticeable.
This feeling then continues in the mouth and more fruits are added. I had gooseberry and quince a bit acidic but pleasantly refreshing, almost like sour fizzy candy. The oak is present and makes it complete without being overbearing in any way.
The finish is relatively long with pleasant fruit notes but also with the 52.9% vol. .I think it's a round, complex Benriach. Almost nothing bothered me, on the contrary, everything was perfectly interwoven. If anything, I found the bitter notes a little too bitter. But that also depends on the shape of the day.
I'm happy about this bottling, even if it's a bit subjective in this case, of course, and I'm a bit biased.
Fruits, gooseberry, quince, green apple, vanilla and oak
Vanilla, fruit, creme brule, green and yellow fruits. Something sour, sour drops or fruit fizz.
Again wood and a slight bitterness.
Long and beautiful, but also powerful and the alcohol is evident. Feel free to try a few drops of water.