Benrinnes 14 Year Old MoM – 57.80%.
Rich gold colour.
Slightly woody nose, over ripe bananas, grapes and currents with plenty of natural brown demerara sugar; a general Speyside background note. Some vitality there for sure. Fairly thick and strong on the palate, a touch of water possibly needed. Slightly unusual taste, certainly something new to me. The over ripe bananas on the nose have turned into bananas on the palate that are almost rotten or at least heavily sun dried, although not yet actually quite dry.
Some people would love this whisky, but for me I’m not terribly fond of this, however as it’s now sold out and discontinued it’ll be hard to find anyway!
A long and interesting finish with some much more pleasant dried fruits finding their way to the forefront of this heavily sherried dram. Not for everyone, but does grow on you… If you’re a sherry fan this will be a great choice for you, a wee while in the air settles it slightly and the sherry influence comes through loud and clear, it’s a top quality example of the style from what was obviously an excellent sherry cask (presumably a hogshead as it doesn’t feel overly young for a 14yo); the raisins and sugar come through as clearly on the palate as they do on nose.