The Sixteen

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 189
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Brand: Benriach
Expression: The Sixteen
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 16 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Christopher Coates
Nose: Russian honey cake (rye cake, cream, burnt honey, golden syrup, cinnamon) and Horlicks malt drink. Vanilla custard, tinned mandarin and peach, and baked banana with hazelnut spread.
Palate: Medium bodied. Fruit flan (ripe strawberry, pear, kiwi, blueberry) with whipped cream and syrup glaze. Chewy sultanas, dried apple pieces, honey-glazed granola and milk chocolate shavings. Cinnamon-dusted almonds. Subtle allspice.
Finish: Medium. The fruit flan fades to banana and vanilla.
Comment: Complex, balanced, moreish.
Taster   Bethany Whymark
Nose: Sweet French toast with caramelised bananas and apples, and shaved coconut. Peanut brittle. Cinnamon and raisin pastries. A dash of white pepper and sandalwood.
Palate: Medium bodied. Smooth, savoury peanut butter. Golden syrup over pancakes. Cinnamon and toasted coconut. Bay leaf. Brown-sugar latte.
Finish: Medium. Apple and peanut flapjack, with some peppery warmth.
Comment: A well-balanced little number that reminds me of sweet, home-baked afternoon treats.
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