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Benrinnes 15-year-old

Overall rating
84.96/100
votes
479
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

€ 68,12

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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 15-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.96 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. volker40sw 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

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

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

  10. 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.

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