Rating: pure tree sap. With a good dose of bitterness. I do not think so bad, but this Benriach 16y is quite special. The nose I liked the most compared. Because of the very one-dimensional taste and the phased weaknesses in the mouthfeel, there is nothing more than a benevolent 85 points. Honored in that there are days when I really like such juicy-woody-bitter drops.
The first impression is light-fruited. Oranges and limes meet plenty of peach and pineapple. Behind it, some vanilla and honey resonate. Not too complex, but quite intense and a slightly dusty oak wood flavor increases the suspense before the first try.
The drop hits the tongue clearly and with a slightly dusty appearance. Herber Braumsaft makes itself wide in the mouth. The oak ensures a proper spice. Barley malt shows up and over time, the slightly diffuse fruit acid gives way to a recognizable peach flavor. However, the taste does not become fruity at any time. Quickly take a neat pinch of pepper and the juicy oak back into command. Peppery, woody and slightly bitter it goes into the finish. Mouthfeel tilts now and then unfortunately something in the watery.
The finish is medium-long and spicy-dry. As if you had just taken a sip of the juice pressed fresh oak branches. With a good deal of bitterness, this tree juice meets a certain sweetness of fruit and every now and then malt and vanilla shine through. Finally, the bitterness prevails, although the vanilla always tries to maintain a certain counterpoint.