Appearance – This whisky is wet straw/lemon in colour, it beads up on the swirl line, and has slow thick legs.
Nose – Theres high ABV on the nose, I’m getting some cream soda sweetness, and then darker fruits, sultanas, currants, figs, definitely Christmas pudding, and a savoury meats note, slightly smokey? And with time it becomes sweeter.
Palate – Ooooh, there’s quite a lot of honey and pepper, I’ll definitely go dark chocolate orange here, a tinge of bitterness, black pepper, I would even say coffee. Then Cherry lozenges, icing sugar, plenty of oak, chilli heat, black liquorice, and getting spicier, it’s very nice. This is a dark and very spicy palate, and it builds up.
Dram 1 taste peppery notes with dark espresso plum , again getting a nuttiness #thewhiskeychaps— gordon smith (@gordonsmith63) November 3, 2020
Finish – It’s a loverly long and warming finish, peppery, cinnamon, paprika and oak, very nice.
12yrs, hi 50’s ABV? It is a scotch?#thewhiskeychaps— Dram it Mick! (@StillSurreal) November 3, 2020
My thoughts – This was tasted blind, and I really enjoyed it, turns out it was the first Benrinnes I’d ever tasted.
Would I buy a bottle – There’s so much going on in this whisky, and it’s a very spicy drop, I found it delightful, so it’s a yes for me.
Notes – This whisky is natural in colour and non chill filtered.
Thanks to – @Gordonsmith (Twitter).Follow @gordonsmith63
Picture credit – The Grand whisky auction.