The Benrinnes distillery, founded in 1829, was sold to Dewar’s and Sons in 1923. This company became part of DCL, precursor to today’s Diageo, in 1925. The Single Malts of Scotland is a label from Elixir Distillers – aka The Whisky Exchange. This Benrinnes matured for 26 long years on a bourbon hogshead that still yielded 165 bottles.
Sweet and sour nose on mostly citrus fruit. Think lemon and grapefruit. Then some apricots before a huge floral note kicks in. Think rosewater. Caramel and ginger lag behind.
Oh, this is nice. Soft arrival yet mouth coating. It even turns somewhat creamy. Grapefruit juice, quinine, honey, red berries, gooseberries, strawberries and beeswax. Very fruit and round. Bittersweet with emphasis on sweet, thanks to a dollop of caramel. Dangerously quaffable.
The finish is medium long and more of the same.
Wonderful, fruity malt that delivers more than the nose promised.