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Whisky Reviews for Benrinnes 2008 MMcK
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.40 points
soft whisky with many sweet, fruity notes.
Apples, grapes, honey, toffee, pear, caramel, small tang smoke in the background
banana, herbs, oak, very soft and sweet taste.
Nose makes more promises and at the palate he is a bit disappointing.
Little body and very watery
Soft, spicy, small bitter touch, little pepper.
- I was looking for a nice, simple and straightforward bourbon cask whisky as a change from the heavy peat and sherry monsters, and this came recommended by a chap in my local shop whose views I trust. I was a bit wary of the rather young age. However, I needn't have worried. This is a classic profile for a middle-aged, bourbon cask speyside. Plenty of barley, grist, vanilla, citrus fruits, pear drops and creamy honey are all brought together by some well-integrated oak on the nose. One or two drops of water and a bit of time in the glass added extra depth and weight to the nose, without fundamentally changing its profile. Full-bodied, almost meaty and chewy, on the palate, with crisp barley again to the fore. The finish starts to drift towards bitterness (perhaps a hint of 'heat' from the youngish spirit making itself known?), but then pulls back to leave a lingering taste of barley and honey, which I really like. Simple pleasures for a reasonable price. Just what I was looking for!