Just a quick tasting note!
Benrinnes is one the blending whiskies from Diageo, with the only official release being older Flora & Fauna releases, and the occasional Diageo Premium releases in autumn.
This one is bottled by Signatory, which more often than not means it’s going to be a good whisky. Especially in their ‘vase series’ they know to pick some good casks, most of the time. Of course, there’s going to be the occasional one that’s not up your alley, but I find that’s more about style than quality.
This one is bottled in 2015, at the decent age of 19 years old. Drawn from a Bourbon Hogshead. It’s even still available in Spain, for € 98
Very fruity with apples and lots of sweet pears. Gentle, with pastry creme and white grapes. Kiwi and dragon fruit. Light notes of chalk, vanilla and malt.
Light and fruity. A tad sharp, with chalky notes. Oak, vanilla and pastry. Apples, pears, grapes. Lighter fruits, but lots of them.
Drier on the finish. Fruit, malt, oak. There’s lots of lighter notes.
This actually does everything by the book, if you know what to expect from Benrinnes and bourbon casks. There’s quite a lot of fruit, with some drier notes to give it a bit more depth.
Benrinnes 1995-2015, 19yo, Hogshead 5895, 52.9%, Signatory Vintage,
Thanks to Rowald for the sample!