Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
17 years old
Number of bottles
57.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Paul Ullrich AG, Basel
Added on
05 Sep 2015 3:58 pm by mad69
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 173.25

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24 × member ratings

13 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 1997 AD

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.68 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Herbal & Bittersweet

    In 1896 Benrinnes was ravaged by a great fire and the owners needed some serious reconstruction to get it up and running again. In 1956 it was renovated anew and in 1964 the malt floor was replaced by a Saladin Box – which in turn was retired in 1984. Today about 95% of the production goes to the blenders – Johnnie Walker is the biggest client – so it’s very hard to find as official release. We’ll try an independent bottling from Adelphi, who released this single cask for Paul Ullrich AG, a chain of spirit shops in Switzerland.

    The nose is fruity, but very herbal at the same time. Think apples and grapefruit versus ferns and almost wilted flowers. After a few moments that evolves towards fresh orange juice on setorids, while the mild off-note dissipates. Some caramel and vanilla in the mix, but it’s the citrussy notes that keep your attention.

    The ABV promised a kick to the teeth, but no such thing. Sure, it is powerful, but it certainly does not burn. Bittersweet on oranges and quinine, but also lemon sorbet with green garden herbs. Nice, bright and fresh.

    The finish slowly goes from sweet to bitter, without going over the top. It could have been a little bit longer in my opinion.

    The garden herbs on the nose came a bit as a surprise, but bar that this is textbook well matured Benrinnes.

  2. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Falnor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A strong Benrinnes that gives points for this rather unpopular malt.
    • Nose
      Fresh green apples with nectarines and freshly squeezed oranges. A nice layer of spices and sweetness from vanilla and fruitnotes. Lemon and grapefruit.
    • Taste
      As expected a good punch with fruit and bourbon sweetness. Clean and strong. The alcohol bite is not that heavy.
      Woodspices and herbs like thyme and laurel. Lemonsorbet and unripe fresh oranges.
    • Finish
      Lemon, bitter fruit and orangepeelings. Fresh but not that sweet. Perhaps a good palate cleaner, after big sherried drams or even against peated it stands its own.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89


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