Benrinnes 19, 1997, 57.5% – Pot Still Edition

I’ve managed to find a whisky that’s been out, but is not very clearly available on Whiskybase. At least, I’ve not been able to find it. Let’s add it in a minute.

Anyway, I managed to get my hands on a sample of this one. I think it’s coming from a swap or some random samples I bought over the years. It’s been a while since I drank it so I’m not 100% sure what sample bottle it came from.

So, a 19 year old Benrinnes, bottled for Potstill in Vienna, apparently, an amazing shop full of whiskies. One for the list of things to ever get around to.

Fruity with peardrops, icing sugar and lemon curd. Straw, and after that there’s slightly glue-y hint.

Sweet and candy like on the palate too. Quite strong, with a bit of alcohol burn. Simple syrup, a bit of a dusty texture, with hard candies, pear drops, Napoleon.

The finish is the first time I’m getting a bit of oak and barley. The candy flavors are toned down a notch.

As you might know from previous reviews of random Irish whiskeys, I’m not a huge fan of too sweet candy notes and this one has quite a lot of them. Therefore I’m not the biggest of fans, but I can see people liking this.


It’s still available from the shop in Vienna, for € 119, which isn’t too shocking in this day and age.

Benrinnes 1997, 19 years old, American White Oak Barrel, 57.5%, Potstill Edition


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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