Benriach 36 yo 1976/2013 (49.3%, OB for The Whisky Fair, sherry, cask #731, 195 bottles) Colour: gold. Nose: no, seriously, this is textbook 1976 Benriach, ridden with passion fruits and mangos. The oak is maybe a notch louder than in earlier +/-30yo bottlings, and maybe this is a tad less fresh and vibrant, but given that the sherry is minimal (wee touches of sultanas), we’re remaining in high territories so far. Also very nice notes of cider apples that keep it clean and fresh. So absolutely nothing to complain about, getting especially since the mango notes never stop growing. Mouth: yeah well, the oak’s louder for sure. I mean, louder than in the most famous 1976s. It hasn’t taken over yet, but one can feel that it’s a matter of two or three years, max. Anyway, so far it remains a very fruity Benriach, with the same tropical fruits plus a citrusy side that’s most pleasant. Oak aged tangerine eau-de-vie? Finish: of medium length, with a little more vanilla. Cardamom, menthol and nutmeg in the aftertaste. And cloves – just a little. Comments: still excellent, even if maybe not as fab as earlier 1976s for The Whisky Fair. SGP:651 - 90 points.