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BenRiach 1994 18 Year old, Tawny Port Finish, bottled for Finland

Rushmore with a smoky twist

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

30th Sep 2013


BenRiach 1994 18 Year old, Tawny Port Finish, bottled for Finland
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This was BenRiach 1994 18 year old, the Tawny Port Finish specially selected and bottled for Finland. Bottled October 2012, cask number 3585 and bottle number 102 of 301.

Surprisingly a pretty straight forward but still a good one for my taste. Sophisticatedly smoky and dry. Not too dry to keep the palate tasty enough for me.

Unsurprising might be the only negative thing I can come up with BenRiach 18 yrs for Finland. That's still not a big flaw, if even a flaw at all. I guess you automatically presume to have a roller coaster ride of taste with special bottling...

BenRiach 1994 18 yrs Tawny Port Finish is like Rushmore (or almost any Bill Murray movie) – sophisticated yet dry with a salty and smoky edge in it.

Nose: Salty and sour sea air with sophisticated smoke. Delicately crisp and fruity.

Taste: Sour and a bit fruity with salty smoke. Like tasting dry berries in a shoreline.

Finish: Dry at first, then a bit sweet at the end. Different types of currants, reds and blacks.

Balance: Not a complex one but a praiseworthy dram that manages to deliver a touch of smoky sea air in the forests of Speyside.

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