32 yo 1976/2008 (50.3%, OB, hogshead,
cask #2014, 271 bottles)
Colour: pale gold. Nose: there’s
more happening in this one than in
the 1977, even if the overall profile
is rather similar. Emphatically fruity
(same notes of tangerines and bananas
but also passion fruits and mangos
here), more herbs as well (dill, mint,
coriander) and whiffs of fresh pastries,
orange blossom and touches of leather.
This one is exceptionally aromatic
but never ‘heavy’. A wonderful
cask! Mouth: superb attack! Wonderfully
citrusy (lemon marmalade, kumquats,
tangerine liqueur), going on with
notes of peppermint and coriander
(even a little savory), with the spices
soon to kick in (curry, Szechuan pepper).
Constantly fresh and lemony. With
water (even if water is probably not
obligatory here): a little more on
orange zests. Exceptionally good.
Finish: long, fresh, superbly fruity,
even if less exuberant than at the
attack. That’s good news actually,
otherwise it would have been a little
tiresome ;-). Comments: one of these
great old Benriachs, enough said.
SGP:641 – 92 points.