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Benrinnes 32 Year Old 1988 The Maltman


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

3rd Jul 2021


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The Meadowside Blending Company releases their own ranges under the labels ‘The Maltman’ and ‘The Grainman’. This 32 year old Benrinnes was distilled in the year I came of age and was bottled last year at cask strength. The sherry butt still yielded 506 bottles. Boy, will you look at that color! It’s the one but oldest Benrinnes (in maturation years) that I have ever tried.

Oh, oh, oh! What a delicious nose. Farmer’s butter, old leather, buttermilk, cherries, gooseberries, quince, walnuts and a jam of strawberries. Cloves and nutmeg. Woodsmoke. Very rich and round. Blind I would not have thought this so old, but who cares? This is very complex and I can easily entertain myself for fifteen minutes before taking a sip. Top.

Softer than a baby’s backside, but at the same time nicely round and creamy. Now it does show its long maturation in the guise of molded wood, musty notes of butter and dark fruit. Walnuts reappear, joined by some hazelnuts. A stew of red fruit with some green garden herbs it seems. Boy, this is very good indeed.

And a great finish to boot. The overripe, dark and candied fruit makes room for warm spices and a delicious, refined notes of toasted oak.

Excellent. I’m flabbergasted. Thank for another mighty sample, Manny.

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