Benrinnes 2009 Release 23 Year Old Single Malt
70cl, 58.8% abv
Benrinnes 2009 Release 23 Year Old Single Malt Whisky was launched as part of Diageo's Special Releases initiative in 2009. There were only 6,000 individually numbered bottles of this 1985 vintage whisky released. A superb malt with great character.
Nose: Classic Benrinnes with an added sweetness rippling through it. Intense black fruits, Christmas cake and dates; laced with rich Sherry. As it becomes waxier the fruity notes withdraw. Superb balance and complexity.
Palate: Powerful and instantly assertive. Sweet, then mouth drying, yet not astringent. Viscous texture with slight traces of brimstone, raisins and lots of date. Softens as it moves slowly across the tongue. The voluptuous texture is countered by tannic dryness.
Finish: Exceptionally long, dry and warming. Leaves a mellow, lingering after taste of treacle and sandalwood.