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0.70 ltr 56.9%
A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt whiskey
From Benrinnes distillery, an active distillery on Speyside
A very rare malt, highly prized by collectors
The first limited release from the distillers for five years. Latest or three limited releases to be offered by the distillery, beginning with a 21 year old Rare Malt
Interesting to compare with 23 year old in 1985 released in 2009.
From ex-sherry casks European Oak.
Individually numbered only 2,892 bottles worldwide.
Appearance: Polished copper or beech. Excellent beading.
Nose: Extremely reserved, but Clearly savory at first: almost sapid with hints of truffle oil, or earthy with a fruity sweetness as found in ginger cake with sultanas. This soon settles down to fruit cake mix with allspice and nutmeg. With time, sweetness emerges as dark treacle toffee; then grows richer, as sweet, buttery pastry and whipped cream. Later, newly burnt toast leads to a charred Conclusion, with embers from a wood fire. Equally slow with water; waxier though, with a little steamed ginger sponge, some fruit cake, aromatic and woody notes.
Body: Light. Gently oily.
Palate: Big, smooth-textured and mouth-filling, with a sweet and spicy nature. The first sip cools, then the taste catches fire! Briefly salty and savory, with oily undertones, then developing a toffee sweetness Eventually leads to (appetizing) burnt pastry. With water, the texture is Equally smooth, the taste a fine, more-ish balance of sweet and spicy.
Finish: Lengthy, chewy and warming, with a menthol effect, a hint of flint, then burnt on Christmas cake currants or dried orange peel. There are notes of almond in the beautifully aromatic aftertaste and there's a very late, charred astringency with a faded trace of smoke.