Benrinnes 20-year-old TWEx

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Exchange (TWEx)
Bottling serie
Edition Time II
Stated Age
20 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
10 oct 2016 11:11 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 97.04

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Whisky reviews for Benrinnes 20-year-old TWEx

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.50 points.

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As I generally experience with these bourbon matured mid 90's Benrinnes bottlings, they require quite some time in order to get the maximum out of it. Give this at least half an hour, but closer to one hour even works better and you'll be rewarded with loads and loads of fruity complexity. Underrated drams in my book.
    • Nose
      88 88
      As already stated above these tasting notes are after at least half an hour of glass time and with a few drops of water added. Slight vanilla, yellow apple, pear, unripe peach, citrussy sourness, lemon zest, kumquat, some nuttiness, dusty wood and green spiciness.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full and creamy in the mouth. Vanilla, a bit honied and nutty, sweet cookie dough, apple, pear, some tropical notes, more bitter citrus now, a nice spicy wood layer at the back with pepper, nutmeg and clove.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long: honey, still creamy with tropical fruit juice, grapefruit and a nutty feel, drying out slowly on faint liquorice and dusty wood. A great balance between the syrupy fruit notes and subtle drying wood spices.

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  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Well, there's much said about whisky that needs some time. This is certainly one of those. At first really musty and strange grassy notes dominate, which wasn't really attractive to me. But after some 10 minutes, things already develop in a very good direction.
    And keep some nips for 45 minutes or an hour at least, and things turn even more beautiful. A lot of sweet fruits, apricots and peach, some sour fresh apples. Lovely fruit basket. Great whisky, great experience.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At first: Grassy, musty. Clearly a lot of peach and apricot. And sour apples, pretty sour. But give this time, a lot of time... suddenly sweetness arrives, like warm vanilla cake. And more sweet peaches.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong, powerful, pickering. Grassy and nutty at first, and sour apples as well. But after some time, also the taste develops (although a little less than the nose), and peach peeps in.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A little pickering now, musty and grassy at first. The apples and some honey. But after some time, this musty note disappears, sweet fruitiness comes in, peach. Very long finish with some wood now as well.

  4. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Beholds that moorish profile that befits only well-aged bourbon casks, a style held together by a floury>chalky, sweet>sour, firm dunnage-y>honeyed<porridge and floral<vanilla profile. Periphery notes include lime-cream, two wild strawberries and a touch of rubbery beeswax/linseed oil. Ideal start.
    T: Add water or you’ll be facing an astringent sweet-to-sour, dry citrus, oat-dunnage arrival, a body more in tune with a current-modern, cask strength [SMWS] style. I can’t quite tame it however much I try. Get the water about right however to receive more of an oily honey/nectar-led delivery - one I loosely associated with Tokaji or Sauternes dessert wines, albeit with a deep dry sour and more of that moorish dry chalky/floury profile. It's accompanied by some subtle yet persistent peppery/chilli action positioned well in the background. Glen Moray-esque at times.
    F: Light sour>putrid creamy>vanilla porridge with a coppery/metallic edge and dried mushroom finish. Stretches out nonchalantly, slightly ashy/mushroomy with clean light sour oat cream. The dunnage-y porridge>ashy clay eventually permeates/dominates the finish.
    C: At times it’s frustratingly straight/plain/vanilla coupled with a nagging astringency, and there’s no change after a few months of air time. At other times it really sails. It remains however a very decent whisky, it's just never that relaxed. Scores one less point than my first contact though the nose carries much of that. Still in stock at time of writing - you know where!Scores a B

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Cream soda, lime, cumin seeds and a malty fustiness. Delicate throughout [refill action]. Light fruits with water. Spot on.
    T: Barley spirit wrapped in a gentle oily/oaky bourbon blanket. Quite the BFG.
    F: This grows rather than diminishes, as if the BFG just stood up. More porridgy/oaky fruits to the last with a little chalky cream to conclude. 
    C: Grab a couple of cases so you never run out of this style. At 20 years, this is just right.Scores a B[+]


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