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This BenRiach has potential, it's occasionally a 90 point contender but mainly just plain silly. But silly in a good way (!?), intriguing whisky – like a malty version of Jim Carrey for instance.
That's why the movie title "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". Matured in ex-bourbon casks and finished in Jamaican dark rum casks, this whisky showcases a mix of something you should take seriously and pure laughter.
Some moments I felt like Joel Barish (the character played by Jim Carrey trying to forget his spouse Clementine) ready to forget this whisky, but realizing: I don't want to forget.
This Dark Rum finish is weird but has character. A weird mellow dram. Like a talented comedian playing a serious character and doing it good.
Nose: Sugar cane starts the show, turning into candy cane and peppermint with time. Fruity with barley and rum sweetness hitting very late.
Taste: Darker than the nose. Spices and dark toffee with some milky chocolate notes. Water smoothens things very much.
Finish: Rum with warming spices dominate but very late in the aftertaste there's delicious tropical fruits and bitterness.
Balance: Weirdo, which in this case I like. Versatility combined with a sense of humor.