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We've bottled 548 bottles of this heavily sherried Benrinnes at a natural cask strength of 57.8%abv without colouring or chill-filtration so you get to taste it like it comes out of the barrel. This is a single cask bottling so once it's gone, it's gone, making it a truly limited product.
The original Benrinnes distillery was destroyed in a flood in 1829 and a new distillery had to be built a few kilometres away. Since then the distillery has been refurbished following a fire in 1896 and rebuilt in 1956.
Nose: Lychees and passion fruit are immediately present followed by roasted coffee beans and rum-soaked star fruit. Then there are notes of cloudy apple juice and wood char in a massively more-ish aroma.
Palate: 85% cocoa dark chocolate and a wealth of stewing tropical fruit make themselves present at first along with a large helping of spice. When water is added burnt chocolate sponge cake and sweet sherry materialises.
Finish: The finish is ridiculously long with notes of bitter coffee and chocolate biscuits chased with clean, refreshing mint. With time burnt double-chocolate-chip cookie crumbs filter through.
Overall: This is a truly awesome whisky in every sense of the word 'awesome'. It is oily and mouth-coating with an intensity of flavour excellently conveyed through its high abv, furthermore the competing flavours are balanced with precision against one another. This is a dram for fans of heavily sherried whisky or anyone who wants to explore the delights of sherry-cask ageing.
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I wish this was not sold out! Would snap it all up!
18th November 2012
Took me a few drams to get to grips with this bad boy - but I am liking it more and more. Not for the easily offended that is for sure. Does not take water too well in my opinion but no big deal as its suprisingly drinkable at cask strength.
10th October 2012