Benrinnes 15-year-old

Overall rating
84.76/100
votes
769
Whiskybase ID
WB28004
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281024370
Added on
11 dec 2011 10:25 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 66.33

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Whisky reviews for Benrinnes 15-year-old

68 users have left 74 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.76 points.

  1. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I wanted to test one of the Flora & Fauna series. That's where the Benrinnes stung my eye. I have not looked back.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Immediately come orange peels. The vanilla is dominated by the sherry scent. There are also malty notes. In the background I have some cinnamon.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fresh and neutral, he delivers what the nose has promised. There are also hazelnuts in sherry coat.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium rather short but invites you to continue drinking. Relatively dry with oak but pleasant. Dangerous Everyday Dram.

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  3. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted in 2022
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Dark amber color. The whisky is definitely oily.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very pleasant. Sherry's influence is strong. Lots of red fruit. Dried fruits. Raisins. Dried grapes. Raspberries. blueberries. Berries. Lots of milk chocolate on the second nose.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Dark forest fruits. Blueberries, blueberries. A pinch of spices. Forest fruit jam. A bit of smoking in the background. Smoked plum.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dessert chocolate. Smoked plum. A pinch of spices. Minimal spiciness. Medium length finish, maybe medium long. After the second sip, there is more cocoa.

  5. stalker1971 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Frank1 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Green apples that are felt explicitly incense, distillery's unique character, the proper sour taste coming up from behind, and high drinking

  10. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very nice, pleasant versatile nose, and smooth and creamy character. Fruits, some sweet- and spiciness.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very fruity, apples, oranges and tangerines, some vegetal and sweet notes, some grapefruits. Some spicy notes, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smooth, creamy with a little sparkle. Some sour note underneath, combined with more sweet fruits.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still just a little sparkle and smooth, wood, orange, a very little bitter touch, grapefruits. Again some spicy notes. Medium long finish.

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  14. bankimate scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. hzs275 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    No idea how they've done it, but some how they used the unrealised potential of this 15 year old Benrinnes, to make it moreish.

    Very clever.

    There's something about a tasty, but short tail that keeps me coming back. I think it makes me want to try and prolong the brief experience by drinking more.

    Still, I reckon in this case, that's cheating.

    Or maybe, I'm just missing something.

    Either way, I'm torn. I did enjoy drinking this . The nose has personality ranging from the expected to the intriguing, the mouthfeel and palate are very pleasing, expanding on the nose a bit more, but I really had to build up a critical mass of liquid, to be able to get into it in any meaningfull way.

    This is another whisky that makes me feel nit-picky.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Rum raisin (light on the rum), orange blossom, licorice root, slight savoury funk. Carob
    • Taste
      80 80
      Rum raisin (balanced),manuka honey, warm chocolate malt, caramelised nuts, spiced jaffa cakes, bright ginger
    • Finish
      78 78
      Fine, effervescent chilli, dark chocolate and berry liqueur candies, mild lavender

  17. wncvirus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Rather basic in taste and smell without any particular touches / elements.

  18. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not bad indeed, but it could possibly be better with a higher ABV and non-filtration. Nice price, but here in China, we have better 15 YOs (Glenallachie, just to name one) with higher cost-performance ratio
    • Nose
      86 86
      Typically sherried. A hint of rubber, chocolate, soft spices (cinamon), died fruit, cranberries, a bit of pleasant,salty sulfur. Stewed apple, apricots
    • Taste
      85 85
      Robust but could be better. Poached pear, star anise, ginger, ripen apricots, mildly waxy
    • Finish
      83 83
      Round and the spice, gingery warmth lingered for a medium period

  19. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. The_Independent scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Full ripe fruits, fruit salad, vineyard peaches, grapes, almost perfumed, honey, becoming spicy over time
    • Taste
      85 85
      At first surprisingly thin, then it builds up, becomes full and spicy, pear, sherry notes, forest honey, creamy mouth notes
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long, a bit thin, sour and spicy, coffee, at the very back some fresh fruit

  21. The_Independent scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Full ripe fruits, fruit salad, vineyard peaches, grapes, almost perfumed, honey, becoming spicy over time
    • Taste
      85 85
      At first surprisingly thin, then it builds up, becomes full and spicy, pear, sherry notes, forest honey, creamy mouth notes
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, a little thin, sour and spicy, coffee

  22. Matthias80 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind.
    • Nose
      Spicy, sherry, but not excessive afterwards, for example dark cherries, wood, cocoa, marzipan, less fruity.
    • Taste
      medium-bodied body, sherry notes, again after dark Kische but also raisins bring a sweetness with them. Chocolate and a little nutty, liquorice and wood.
    • Finish
      Licorice and prunes

  23. The_Osprey scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Benrinnes 15yo Flora and Fauna 43%.

    25ml at home, Sep 2021.

    Very dark amber, suggesting either first fill casks or e150a. The aroma makes it clear that it's the latter. Plus, Diageo made it, so…

    Aroma is pretty tired oak, the damp wood notes of a refill cask, more than a hint of ‘struck match’ sulphur to be frank, red apple, apple pie with too much filling and not enough crust. Becoming more figgy as the sulphur dies down over time. Settles on figs and violets, some burnt paper. If aromas could have colours, this would be purple. I completely appreciate that this observation makes me sound unhinged.

    The taste up front is musty, flat and tired, papery oak, underpowered gloopy and flat, slightly burnt notes, burnt yellow bell peppers. Watery and minerally with such a reluctant finish. Low impact across the palate and just totally without oompf. The flavour almost only starts about 5 seconds after you swallow.

    The initial impressions are unimpressive to say the least, although the late aftertaste seems to pull it back a touch, giving a hint of hope. The salt and pepper, the slight char and the faint fruitiness that come out, eventually, on the linger are totally necessary to carry you into the next sip, persuading you that the initial impression isn't so bad and that you should drink some more.

    This is very much a building dram - one which you have to keep the momentum up with. Once you've had a few sips you can sort of get on board with it a bit despite some very dodgy first impressions. If you stop drinking it and come back to it after a few minutes you go back to not really liking it that much. My first impression score would be significantly lower than my final score, but I'll be generous and give it my highest score. I ended up drinking all of my sample, but much more quickly than I would usually wish to. Needless to say you'll not catch me buying a bottle though! 3.25/78

  24. Tordeaux scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. YD84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very nice bottling of the Flora & Fauna series. I find the drinking strength of 43% sufficient, fun and sufficiently complex. Nice thing.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Strong sherry notes, more spicy than sweet. Dates, a lot of forest honey, nougat (in the form of Turkish honey), oranges, maple syrup, a little mineral, possibly a tiny bit of smoke. Very nice.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Wonderfully spicy! Tobacco (dark), oak, leather, oranges, slight bitterness, a little pepper. The texture is oily and not too thin.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Rather short, but very pleasant. Spicy, with oak and honey.

  28. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Can't complain, fun dram, good cask selection, decent complexity. 43% abv. don't hurt this one. Recommended.

  29. sengaia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Knowing that Benrinnes tries to produce a sulphury spirit and being quite sensitive to sulhphury whsky I approached this with trepidation - without reason it turns out. I would not call this sulphured at all, as the casks it was matured in are very clean sherry casks. The spirit is very rough and puts up a fight but the result is a very distinctive sherry matured whisky that may not appeal to all.

    If you are looking for a good solid sherry casked whisky in 2021, try this. It is not cheap, but easily beats the likes of the Glenfarclas 15, for example.

  30. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  31. MickMatrix scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. Astrid scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Both bourbon and sherry barrels (were there among other things PX barrels in there? Unfortunately, I don't know of the batch) participate, although the bourbon component is a bit too intense for my personal taste. It can shine on the nose: very round, soft and full. But then it falls off.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The sweetness of juicy raisins and expansive vanilla oak greet the nose, fine spice with the sounds of cinnamon tanks is a bit off, caramel slowly joins in, maple syrup creeps up on the caramel, plenty of honey sticks to the oak wood, juice orange and bitter orange give the citrus fraction its honor , dried figs covered with chocolate still push hard, a fresh note of anise drops by
    • Taste
      81 81
      Honey and oak with a light spice at the start, bitterness in the background, dried figs marinated in sweet wine, vanilla and other influences from the bourbon barrel can be discovered, slightly creamy, very soft, but unfortunately also a bit thin on the tongue
    • Finish
      79 79
      Bitterness with a little sulfur and fine oak wood spice, honey sweetness, vanilla and white oak wood, fennel, flattens quickly, but sweet wine comes out again

  33. JimJaws scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. Willum scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. Макс scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Honey, strawberries, dried fruits, matchstick sulfur, some citrus, a few grasses
    • Taste
      Honey, strawberry, apple, some cardboard, lemon, apple peel,

  37. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  38. jttoft did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Classical sherried dram at 43%.
    • Nose
      Classical sherry. Bit of raisin, mostly orange though. Light rubberiness. Spice and vanilla. Sweet liquorice.
    • Taste
      Fairly mild. Rubberiness again and an interesting peppery spiciness along with classical sherry notes.
    • Finish
      Continuing with mild raisins and orange.
      Not an overwhelming dram, but decent. At cask strength it would have been really interesting.

  39. P.K.S scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Thisone needs time to open up mine whas bytter afther one month oksidising in the bottle
    • Nose
      84 84
      Rich nose with a mild sherry influense. Oak is dominant with a lot of spisyness,cinnamon and ganger Orange peel
    • Taste
      83 83
      Verry mild, fresh, afther 1 month oksidising in the bottle you get more dark plum and rosin.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short finish wish fore more abv. Afther one month the finnish last longer to a medium. IMHO

  40. Lakerfield scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Going by the average score of this whisky here, there seems to be variation from batch to batch. And I'm sure I had a pretty good one with this 2007 bottling! Great character for what it's worth with being chill-filtered and coloured. It's proof you should never fully exclude these kind of whiskies. It has this warm vibe that's not alcohol-related, and that's all thanks to the casks which left a superb mark on this malt. Vastly different to contemporary sherried whisky as it's nowhere as drying or bitter. Even if it was only sherry-finished, there's some deep notes to discover. It's a well constructed malt with powerful flavours, but with a certain finesse. Kind of like James Bond. The finish is a highlight too, if not the best part of this dram. There's a chance some paxarette may have been involved here.. To clarify: it indeed has some sulfur-like notes but it's in the background. It's not distractive for me, but could be for others. Avoid sherried Benrinnes if you can't stand it at all, ex-bourbon matured Benrinnes is a very good fruity alternative. Final thought, this could have been legendary at cask strength.. Drool.
    • Nose
      Light sherry nose, refill or a combination with ex-bourbon casks I reckon, with a dose of trademark Benrinnes-ness. That slight, dirty/meaty edge is what I'm looking for and it's in here. Nice fruitiness with orange peel, apricot, apple, pear, cranberry, banana and raisin. Some deeper, sweet notes now with milk chocolate, cream sherry, Mars bar, sultana, marzipan, licorice and artificial peach yoghurt. Further on pistachio, peanut, glazed ham, menthol and some notes that make up the 'dirty' side: slight sulfur, soot, glue, cabbage and musty basement. Almost as unnatural as a whisky can get, but a seriously good nose. Absolutely no sherrybomb but the notes hit deep!
    • Taste
      Warming, but not from the alcohol. Takes you straight to the fireplace in late December. Some (slightly moldy) fruits like apricot, passion fruit, fig, apple, blood orange, overripe banana and raisin. Then a fair share of sweetness with jaffa cake, syrup, sultana, chocolate chip cookie and butterscotch. Walnut, peanut and malt mixed with a few herbs like vanilla, lavender and mint lead to some supportive savoury/funky notes that actually work pretty well. Those are beef broth, balsamic vinegar, cabbage, sulfur and stale beer. Lots of character and flavour but it doesn't scream at you. That has everything to do with the filtering and dilution of course, but it doesn't bother here.
    • Finish
      Not very long but has clear notes of dark chocolate, sultana, mint and pastry. A highlight!

  41. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-06-2019 at "Spirit of Speyside Festival" in Dufftown.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  42. el Gato scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Had this one blind. Guessed Speyside / Glenfarclas. 46% and 15 yo. Not a total miss at least.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry! Wood glue. Peaches. Vanilla. Apple juice. Old celler. Menthol. Raspberry lemonade. Minty. Red erries.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily! Strawberry jam. Peachy. Sherry sweetness. Grapes. Bitter Oranges. Some pepper. Hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long. Dark fruits. A tad dry. Still jam. Soft spices. A bit Chemical. More raisins now.

  43. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ordinary malt. It is not only characterized by the fruits of the sherry, but also has some herbier and spicy notes.

  44. ahroeen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Leather, oak, raisins, chocolate. Quite delicate, but meaty. Deep and complex. Don't believe for a second that this is a sherry monster; it's no such ting, it's a quiet, relaxing whisky.

  45. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 61 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      55 55
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      45 45

  46. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tested version of 2019
    • Nose
      85 85
      Good sherry nose, greedy, with lots of chocolate, coffee, plum, cereals and caramel.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet mouth, easy, quite sherry, with nuts, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate and spices. Creamy texture.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium finish, diluted, with a persistence of nuts, pepper, coffee and marked wood.

  47. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  48. Blindbob scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    I came to this distillery bottling after trying a younger independent bottling from the Douglas Laing Provenance range. This is spoiled by the fact that it is chill filtered, coloured and only bottled at 43% which is reflected in my poor score. Personally I'd stay with the independent bottlings.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Spirit, Marzipan, Caramel, Chocolate.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Toffee, Burnt Caramel.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Medium. coffee, sour notes. Liquorice.

  49. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very pleasant sherry molt with a slope in raisin-tropical motifs elegantly underlined with prickly and caustic sulfur-mineral tones, the aroma sags a little, the flavor / finish in development is enriched with coffee and chocolate undertones with a light tobacco blend.
    • Nose
      Restrained, moist, sweet notes of dried fruit - raisins, prunes, dried apricots; light sulfur-mineral tones - burnt matches, gunpowder, rotten leaves; spicy wood, hookah tobacco, dried apples, butterscotch, boiled condensed milk.
    • Taste
      Dense, soft, more oak, bark astringency, sweet dried fruit shades with a predominance of raisins, a little pepper, prickly mineral notes, sulfur, metallic acidity.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, raisins, oak, creamy notes, light sulfur-metallic shades, tropical fruits, cotton candy, red oranges.

  50. valery77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Restrained, gradually revealing. Just sawn board, vanilla notes, dried apple, other dried fruits, sweet pastries, a slight hint of cinnamon, cherry juice, light perfume, malt, marinade, cocoa powder, subtle wine notes, medicinal herbs. 23
    • Taste
      Medium, moderately sweet. Pepper, fudge, oak tannins, dried fruits, light smoke, burnt sugar, salted caramel, milk oolong. 21
    • Finish
      From medium to long, smoothly fading, tannic, slightly astringent. 21
      Interesting, well-tailored, gradually opening whisky. Balance 21
      Total 86

  51. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      deep sherry, rich dried fruits, maple syrup, figs, chocolate
    • Taste
      85 85
      raisin, fruity sherry notes, prunes, mellow spiciness,
    • Finish
      85 85
      leathery, spicy, oloroso sherry, honey, toffee

  52. DocF did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good sherry whisky, which could be a bit more intense.

    Color: Burnished
    • Nose
      Reminds me of a brandy. Sweet and spicy, oak cabinet, boiled grape juice, yeasty olorosot, orange, woodruff, lime blossom. A hint of licorice. Raisins. Except for the oak, however, kept very discreet.
    • Taste
      Grape juice and oak cabinet. More sherry, oranges, cinnamon and hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Licorice, oak, dark chocolate.

  53. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  54. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dry sherry, hazelnut, tree bark. Behind it orange marmalade and some grated lemon zest. Reed.
    • Taste
      Dried fruit, a little honey, a trace of wax. Earth, rotten wood, a hint of ash.

  55. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The nose is very sherried, but on the taste oak and spices come nicely.
    • Nose
      Big sherry and malt. Vanilla, waxy fruits, orange peel and oak. Ginger and curry.
    • Taste
      Citruses, tannic oak, sherry and pepper. Lively acids.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, spicy, oaky.

  56. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  57. BehindSpace scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  58. domani scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Interesting whisky that is not easy to read. The aromas are very interwoven and the bitter aromas dominate the happenings. The nose is something on the track - 19.12.2017
    • Nose
      Very ethereal, spicy, soap, wax, bitter malt aroma, ginger, unbalanced almost pungent fruit acid, rose, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      Cooling, menthol, fruit sweets, homemade orange marmalade, lemon zest, grapefruit, pleasant dryness displaces the bitter aromas for the time being, red pepper, creamy, oak spiciness, fragrant woody aroma covers the mouth, ginger, iced tea
    • Finish
      Lang

  59. Abadon05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    But that is quite delicious. And you get some of the distillery with you. Especially by the orange and the forest honey, even if the sulfur, which Benrinnes so said, occurs only conditionally.
    • Nose
      A little reserved at first smelling, but then becomes more intense. Dark forest honey, a bit sparkling (like carbonic acid), cinnamon, nutmeg, red grapes, a little sulfur (but not much)
    • Taste
      Sweet and pleasant. In addition, there is a certain waxiness, orange and forest honey.
    • Finish
      Medium long with a light spiciness. Cinnamon and red grapes. The sweetness turns into a dryness.

  60. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Cream dessert seasoned with a little chili, which at the end transforms into latte macchiatto. Good, but a little out of the box.

  61. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  62. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice beginner in the evening. More but not. Bit thin the whole thing.

  63. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Blindtasting an interesting spicy delicious Dram from the Sherr barrel, which wins for me very much by a few drops of water. Reminds me of the style better Glenfarclas, Aberlour 18, Cardhu 18, (Garioch Single Casks) - but has more alcohol, - the dilution was necessary because of the intense flavors, not because of the alcohol. My tip: Speysider with 15-18 years First Fill Sherry or older with a refill keg, undiluted, otherwise a master blender would have already opened it up with water, exciting especially the nose dry sparkle than the palate
    • Nose
      oh tart, tannin-tasting slightly pungent sharpness (not from the vegetable alcohol), orange peel, some wax with orange oil, light sweetness, on the edge a certain slight bitterness in the nose, black tea, a very dry sherry barrel - the aromas are so concentrated - that I add less drops of spring water: now it is softer - orange - Earl Gray tea (black tea with bergamot oil) - it looks more harmonious, fresher, now sweet apricot, some plums and lemon can be found
    • Taste
      soft, slightly sweet orange marmalade with some peel and a good portion of mint, woody aromas and orange oil dance on the tongue, the mouthfeel is very creamy - soft, before dilution he probably had 48 - 51% now I estimate him at least 46%, with the second sip the orange mint note becomes even more intense (orange TicTac) the oak fills the whole mouth, beautiful oak candy without bitterness and false notes, some almond aroma, tobacco, pepper
    • Finish
      The finish is sparkling, spicy, and long - orange oil, tobacco, oak,

  64. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  65. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  66. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a very approachable sherry bomb
    with notes of red wine, ginger, salt and coffee tang, well balanced and not
    overwhelming

  67. Glen Highland did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  68. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    a hint of nuts, some dark fruits, plums maybe. spicy, oak influence is good. very drinkable fine dram, finish is all right. tasted it together with the 21yo Benrinnes.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  69. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  70. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    'Captain Kirk, we're rolling'
    N: Yeah, that's more like it [following on from,... a menagerie of malty mediocrity]. Not a dirty malt exactly, more an all sorts, bric-a-brac malt with a varied flavour spectrum. Stewed fruits, plastic bags and curried [turmeric & garam masala] coffee - yep, curried coffee, pub style curry. Don't get me wrong though, this isn't an oddball, it also carries a varied array of the usual suspect nosing descriptors you'd expect with a bottling such as this! I'm just picking the oddities out. Shows plenty of [creamy] age. 
    T: Peppery, citrus and sherried notes arrive first moving to a sweeter-savoury bourbon style. The wood shows clearly before falling into the finish. With water, everything tightens up, belts pulled in a notch. It's then more ship-shape but more keen to finish. That's not the whole story however!
    F: Neat, the finish is wood dry and disappearing rapidly. What little remains though, does linger. The sherry influence holds on the longest with 'wash' notes at the death. With water however, however! - fresher notes linger in tandem with the oaked>malt for a longer finish. 
    C: Its a bit ungainly and equally endearing. I rather prefer some imperfections, especially in the shadow of modern, clean, young pretenders. Plenty to enjoy and explore although annoyingly it never quite sings. So, it's whisky with a voice not for melodies but for spoken word perhaps? - but then I rather like the 'Shatner style'

    Scores a C[+]

  71. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  72. mer1973 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  73. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    n:  rich nose with a decent sherry influence.
        malt candies, cereals, vanilla, custard, orange peels.
        the oak is rather loud and as for spices I am getting subtle cinnamon and
        maybe a little ginger.
    t:  very much the nose but fresher because the oak is not so loud on the palate.
    f:  medium
    comments: good everyday dram

  74. spigray scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  75. Master Quill scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Score is for a bottle from around 1994

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