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Benrinnes 15-year-old

Overall rating
84.86/100
votes
548
Whiskybase ID
28004
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Dec 2011 10:25 pm

Average value

€ 57.10

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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 15-year-old

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.86 points

  1. 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

  2. Lakerfield scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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!

  3. 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.

  4. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  5. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 85 points Member 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. MickMatrix scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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

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