I’ve never had a Benrinnes before, so it was one of the factors in my decision to purchase the Boutique-y whisky company’s advent calendar when it went on sale for half price at the LCBO. I don’t know anything about it other than the ABV and the age.
This expression, poured into a Highland Whisky Glass, is reviewed in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Sweet, fruity nose. Stewed apples. White grapes. My daughter says poached pears. A hint of something savoury. Nice, clean nose.
Sharp and spirity on first sip. Sweet, fruity. Fairly thick, oily, mouthfeel. Pepper on the development. A bit bitter. Not too complex. Water tones down the bitterness a little. (22/25)
Medium short, peppery, slightly astringent.
The palate is not quite up to the nose. A bit bitter.
Returning to it after about half an hour, the mouthfeel is a bit thinner, and there a nice contrast between the sweet arrival and peppery, bitter development
Score: Neat - 85 /100 With Water: 86/100
This one is quite tasty. Not sure I would buy it because the style is not quite in my wheelhouse, but certainly one to accept if offered at a party.