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Benriach 15 Year Old Dark Rum Wood Finish

Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

28th May 2015


Benriach 15 Year Old Dark Rum Wood Finish
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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.

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Victor commented

@Rantavahti, thanks for your fun review.

It seems like a lot of my whisky friends have been on big Benriach kicks the last year or two. I've indulged and enjoyed too, but haven't yet acquired the attachment for that distillery brand...but there's still time.

8 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

Thanks @Victor! I myself am liking a lot of this "chameleon distillery", as Ralfy stated them. Not only their peated ones but every one of their drams has been more than okay for my taste. Then again, I know one whisky buddy who just doesn't seem to like anything they do. I'll be posting soon my review of the 17YO Solstice, which I absolutely loved.

8 years ago 0

Frost commented

@Rantavahti thank you for the review. This whisky is my kind of "weird" too.

Also, the first whisky I had that had any rum influence. They're really strong influences here.

8 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

Thanks @Frost! The rum feeling was also different from the ones I've had before. Usually dry but this one wasn't, which in my case is a good thing, not (usually) being a fan of very dry drams.

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