Benrinnes 1998 DR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
A.D. Rattray (DR)
Bottling serie
Individual Cask Bottling
Stated Age
13 years old
Sherry Butt
6868 (part)
Number of bottles
56.8 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
05 mar 2016 9:39 am by ScotchGuyTO
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 117.50

3 × in wishlist

11 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Benrinnes 1998 DR

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.56 points.

  1. the_muskox scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Oh hell yeah! I couldn’t help thinking how much like Springbank this was as I was drinking it. The barley, the earth, the fruit, that wood oven note… really quite similar. The sulfur, rather than getting in the way like it has for the last few dank whiskies I’ve reviewed, is a positive here. The earthy bitterness on the development isn’t something I usually go for, but I love it here. The finish is long and so rich and creamy. Maybe I'm just feeling it today, but this is the best whisky I’ve had in quite a while.

    Nose: Fruity and pleasantly sulfurous. Stonefruit (dried apricots, nectarines, cherries), muscat grapes, honeycomb, toffee, browned butter, and barley sugar. Some wood-fired pizza oven (or Italian bakery) – sort of a soft, spiced, musty, woody, earthy smoke. Buttered scones and banana bread (studded with walnuts and chocolate chips, of course). Slightly green and earthy, with cracked black pepper.

    Palate: Thick texture. Smoky fruit, dried roses, and toasted coconut on the arrival, developing to dank oak, dunnage warehouse, sweet malted barley, and molasses. Bananas, smoked salt, sponge toffee, and spicy cedar in the middle. Then comes rich earthy smoke, savoury wine-stewed beef, sweet balsamic reduction, figs, blueberry cobbler, and cinnamon. Some dried herbs and hojicha towards the back end.

    Finish: Long. Stonefruit, butter-sauteed pineapple, honeycomb, white chocolate, hibiscus tea, ginger, dried oregano, and fresh-baked blueberry muffins. Thick creamy vanilla custard and sweet wort. Gently smoky and sulfurous.

  2. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite enjoyable version of Benrinnes.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Another home run Rattray bottling that sat on shelves long enough. Don’t worry, I have unburdened that store of this gem. Bottled in 2012! You will certainly have a hard time finding this quality in 2019 for a 13 year old, and even harder still at $75 Canadian.

    N: A deep richness, Haribo wine gums! umami (beef bouillon and tomato paste) chocolate, brown butter, a slight salinity, rhubarb, raisins, red apple skin, slightly meaty (from the weighty spirit, not sulphur)

    P: Viscous, oily, salty and sweet, sticky dates, more wine gums, very rich with stewed rhubarb and strawberries, slate, licorice, coffee, cocoa

    F: Mole sauce (chilies, dark chocolate), salt, black licorice, flinty, rich and mouth coating, long and oily. Great balance of sweet and spice.

    I love the meatiness to this sherry bomb. A young one, but there is plenty to explore. The hefty spirit and really carries the sherry well, creating an excellent mouthfeel. It’s a malt that really punches above it’s weight in age and value.

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  I had some decent Benrinnes from Cadenhead and Signatory recently so I am very curious about this recommendation from VVP (thanks for the sample!).  

    This is an excellent example on how a fine sherry maturation should smell and taste alike (if it is not spoiled by sulphur or designed for mainstream-spikes).  It reminds me of the old school sherry matured whiskies from the glorious sixties and seventies - actually I call this a superb chocolatey old school dram  ...and it proves that still it is possible to create such beauties!  A great find and well done to stock some bottles of this delicious stuff, VVP!
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is deep copper and the texture shows many small tears that slowly consolidate but stick to the top of the glass (what a great oiliness!). The nose offers an intense sherry profile (chocolate, raisins, dates and more) with earthy aromas (that remind me of a wet softwood forest with a distant campfire), strong toffee and licorice notes and some fine herbs (nutmegs, cinnamon). Not too complex (hey, it is just 13 years old) but in a nice balance without any off-note (a sulphur-free sherry cask, at last!).
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is rich on that flawless sherry profile and nicely layered with very interesting and delicious sour-sweet winey flavours. This might be a love-it-or-hate-it affair for some tastes but I love it. Some water releases these sour-sweet winey aromas in the nose too and adds firm wooden flavours to the taste that provide a sound structure for all the other aromas. Just the finish gets a little bit shorter than the neat dram - nevertheless I like it best when reduced to about 48% abv.
    • Finish
      91 91
      It arrives hot in the mouth (no wonder at 56.8% abv) with a good coating effect and no distracting moments. The finish is long (like the texture promised) and adds more spices (red chillies) to the party that nicely pep-up the taste before it vanishes.

  5. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    I opened another bottle recently and marked my score down from 91 to a 90. Reason being I failed to mention the heat with this one before. The heat is not over whelming, but it's there and does not subside due to oxidation. It's a medium heat that is not off-putting, it's just there. I don't add water to this ever as the flavour profile is fabulous and stands out with the heat. It's kind of a back and forth of medium heat with intense flavour with a candy-apple note that makes a great balance. 

  6. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    This is an amazing find. I was able to purchase this for only $68cnd and yet it rivals some of my better $200 bottles I have in its depth and boldness. Not overly complex, but stunningly delicious. This is an amazing scotch with some dark fruits and hints of frangelico with chocolate in background and some old musty books store mold (in a good way) with a medium finish. Excellent! 
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90


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