Benrinnes 23 Year Old Whisky 2009 Bottling
A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt.
From Benrinnes, an active distillery on Speyside.
The first limited release from the distillers for twelve years
From European Oak sherry wood casks filled in 1985.
Just 6000 individually numbered bottles worldwide.
Interesting for Benrinnes enthusiasts to compare with a previous Rare Malts 21 year old release.
A classic European Oak profile and a wonderful digestif - big and sweet then mouth drying and just very, very good. There is something deliciously festive about this whisky. It's redolent of a log fire in the library, buttered crumpets and candles on the Christmas tree.
Appearance - Rich, deep mahogany with good beading.
Nose - Classic, muscular Benrinnes with an added and immensely seductive sweetness rippling through it. Creme brulee with a highly caramelised surface. Intense black fruits (prunes), Christmas cake and dates, laced with rich sherry. Behind, a beefy note with some allspice, like a touch of gravy left in the meat pan. Water (just a splash) initially brings the toffee apple sweetness even more into focus above such meatiness. As it becomes waxier the fruity notes withdraw, yet some moist Christmas cake remains - much later, the meatiness reasserts itself. Superb balance and complexity.
Body - Heavy. Full. Immediate grip.
Palate - Big, powerful and immediately assertive. Sweet, then mouth drying, yet not astringent because that concentrated sweetness remains. Waxy viscous texture - slight traces of brimstone. Raisin and lots of date. Softens as it moves slowly across the tongue. Water lightens the grip and introduces a lightly smoked character. The voluptuous texture is countered by tannic dryness. Sweet to start and beefy, in all senses. Very, very good.
Finish - Exceptionally long, dry and warming, leaving a mellow, lingering aftertaste of treacle and sandalwood.
Distilled, Bottled at Benrinnes Whisky Distillery