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The first distillery bottling of Benrinnes in aeons, this is a heavily-sherried number, very old-school with dark fruit, crème brulée, a hint of beef gravy and a touch of gun-metal. Released in 2009 as part of Diageo's Special Releases, this is far and away the best official bottling from this distillery.Tasting Notes (1)
- Christmas Cake
Producers Tasting Notes
Classic, muscular Benrinnes with an added and immensely seductive sweetness rippling through it. Crème brulée with a highly caramelised surface. Intense black fruits (prunes), Christmas cake and dates, laced with rich sherry. Behind, a beefy note with some allspice, like a touch of gravy left in the meat pan. Water (just a splash) initially brings the toffee-apple sweetness even more into focus above such meatiness. As it becomes waxier the fruity notes withdraw, yet some moist Christmas cake remains – much later, the meatiness reasserts itself. Superb balance and complexity.
Heavy. Full. Immediate grip.
Big, powerful and immediately assertive. Sweet, then mouth drying, yet not astringent because that concentrated sweetness remains. Waxy-viscous texture; slight traces of brimstone. Raisin and lots of date. Softens as it moves slowly across the tongue. Water lightens the grip and introduces a lightly smoked character. The voluptuous texture is countered by tannic dryness. Sweet to start and beefy, in all senses. Very, very good.
Exceptionally long, dry and warming, leaving a mellow, lingering aftertaste of treacle and sandalwood.
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