The Single Cask Seasons is a special series by Signatory Vintage. This is their ‘spring 2020’ release, a 15 years old Benrinnes that was finished on a sherry butt. It was bottled especially for the German company Kirsch Import.
Pleasant nose on apples, pears, raisins and blackberries, even though the delicious fruit is immediately overpowered by an equally tasty smell of pastry. Croissants and apricot pie, fresh from the bakery on Sunday morning. Frangipane as well. This is quite nice.
Relatively light body. The malt now leaves the pastry behind and offers mostly sultanas, apple sauce and baked pears. The whole is surprisingly piquant. Think black pepper and some liquorice. Becomes somewhat drying from the second sip forward. The sherry is quite noticeable without dominating. Good balance.
The tannins shine through in the medium long finish, giving it more of a drying effect. But it remains supple and sweet enough to please.
Lovely spring whisky indeed. Thanks, Bart.