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Overall rating
90.35/100
votes
56
Whiskybase ID
WB2820
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Bottlers (TB)
Vintage
06.1985
Bottled
06.2003
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1852
Strength
60.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Jul 2008 9:57 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 476.71

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41 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1985 TB

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.35 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] Usually "The Bottlers" do great releases but I had a completely sulphur-spoiled Benrinnes by them before (WB id 12708) so I am somewhat cautious...

    ...which is good, as this cask was spoiled with burning sulphur-candles too! Luckily this disgusting flavour is not that strong and the fine sherry soothes the pain, so this dram is drinkable - no doubt. And without the sulphur it would be pretty good, maybe...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose is very punchy first, no wonder at 60.2% abv. Below the powerful alcohol there is a bold modern sherry profile with slight whiffs of sulphur, unfortunately. Even after some breathing the high proof still blocks most other aromas to enfold so this nose cries for water. Upon a fair reduction it opens up nicely but the sulphurous aromas (spent matches and fireworks) grow stronger too.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is that of a slightly sulphur-spoiled modern sherry (sorry Serge, this is not old-style!) but actually it is not bad as the sulphur is somewhat contained by the heavy sherry notes. For a description of the flavours see Serge's note at whiskyfun - my taste buds regularly are blocked when sulphur is in the game. Water turns the taste smoother, clearly I prefer this dram with a fair share of water at around 45% abv.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel is very hot and peppery - the high proof takes no prisoners - and there is this typical sulphurous bitter-scurfy feeling that I do not like. The finish is long (like with all sulphur-spoiled drams - the devil prefers to stay a while) and it gets a little bitter-drying. Water smoothes this away.

  2. darren918jp scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    The nose is a little less than revealing of what lies below the surface in this dram, but it is not uninviting.

    The palate, while not extroverted is a seductive marvel that sheds its outer garments to reveal ripe and fleshy yellow and red fruits.

    An exemplary whisky, one you should preserve in your library until I pay a visit...     

  3. Maltmaniac72 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Gorgeous sherry malt, but point deduction because of the slight bitterness in the finish.
    • Nose
      Voluminous sherry with all the familiar accompanying flavors: plum, plums, dried fruit a la raisins, warm spices (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg), coffee / espresso, chocolate, oak and everything well integrated into the alcohol. Great for a refill sherry butt. 45 points.
    • Taste
      Fine oiliness. Delightfully sweet, the nose continues here. Plum mustard, sweet Oloroso / PX sherry, raisins, chocolate, espresso, Demara sugar and citrusy oranges. 44 points.
    • Finish
      Long, voluminous sherry, but slight bitterness in the aftermath. Pity…

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