You only come across a handful of official releases from Benrinnes, but the independent bottlers like it. About 95% of the annual production of this Speysider is intended for the blenders. For example, you can find Benrinnes in the blends of Johnnie Walker, J&B and Crawfords. I managed to put a single cask from 1995 on the lips from the Golden Cask Series of The House of Macduff.
I think the nose is excellent! Delicious notes of apples, vanilla sugar, honey and apricots. Sweet and sour notes of agrums, complemented by a whole bouquet of wild flowers. Some woodsmoke and the picture is perfect. Complex, summery and tempting. If this is continues on taste, then we have a whopper in our glass.
Nice and oily and immediately sweet on honey, toffee, apples and even some pear juice. Candle wax and the peels of an orange. Almonds. Quite spicy on cinnamon and cloves. White pepper, mustard seeds and drying tannin. The apricots return, supplemented with licorice and quinine. Complex, though.
The finish is a bit astringent on tannin and grapefruit, while the apples and honey reverberate.
Yup, a whopper of a Benrinnes. In Belgium you can still find in a few places for about 165 EUR.