15 Years Old, Oloroso Cask

ABV 52.9%
REVIEWED Issue 121
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Brand: Benrinnes, Darkness!
Expression: 15 Years Old, Oloroso Cask
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 15 years old
Year of bottling: 2014
ABV: 52.9%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense, rich and deep oak. Antique furniture. Sherry print. Dried fruit. Raisins and prunes. Oak is in the front but well integrated. On time, a floral note. Heady flowers like lily. Complex, elegant. In the back, a mineral note of chalk like in Grande C.
Palate: Dry and crisp. Oak comes on the front with a definite astringency. Lots of liquorice. Dried fruit.
Finish: Lingering, dry, astringent.
Comment: A powerful and elegant whisky, on the oaky side, especially on the palate, but well integrated. With an obvious sherry signature.
Taster   Neil Ridley
Nose: Lovely and fatty - full of rich caramels, oily Brazil nuts and sour cherries. Very well rounded and complex indeed.
Palate: Wow, super dry initially, with some sherry cask chewiness, a hint of rubber and chopped hazelnuts. Water brings back a little of the sweet notes, but this is very oak laden indeed.
Finish: Dry, with slightly bitter tannins, backed with a surprisingly sherbety top note.
Comment: I am usually not a huge fan of these big oaky monsters, but this nails the nose perfectly. The dry palate will be a problem for others though.
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Benrinnes Distillery, Aberlour, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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