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BenRiach 9 Year Old 2011 Double-V


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

12th Dec 2021


BenRiach 9 Year Old 2011 Double-V
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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Coincidentally, the last I tasted from Belgian bottler Double-V was also a BenRiach, one that was matured in a barrel from the craft distillery Koval in Chicago. This new release spent his life on a port barrique and you can immediately tell from the color: amber with a redshine. It was nicknamed 'Starters' because this barrel was the first one the boys from Double-V bought at the time.

The nose starts closed at first, but with some hand warmth it reveals its sweet, almost candy-like secrets. Strawberries and raspberries, marzipan and meringue. Completely devoid of any spices.

Great body! And now it's nicely seasoned, though. Cinnamon, nutmeg and some black pepper. Feisty! The red fruit comes first – the strawberries and raspberries are now somewhat drowned out by cherries – but is followed by some earthy notes. Reminds me a bit of autumn. It offers more depth than the nose promised, so that's good.

The finish is spicy warm, nice and long with the typical sweet edge that you can expect from a port cask.

Interesting and tasty BenRiach, where especially in the finish the port cask can be clearly tasted. For the sweet tooth among us. It can still be found and will cost you about 80 EUR.

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