Connoisseurs Choice

The BenRiach

1981

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 46
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Specifications
Brand: The BenRiach, Connoisseurs Choice, Gordon & MacPhail
Expression: 1981
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Light and fragrant. Perfume-like. Hyacinth. American cream soda, apple pie. Balanced, vanilla, oakiness. Some weight and complexity.
Palate: Sweet and direct with an unctuous feel. Apples, raspberry shifting into papaya and, with water, peanut oil. Blossom-like.
Finish: Fresh, clean and zesty.
Comment: Seems delicate but has real presence.
8.3
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Buttery. Nutty. Pine nuts. Vanilla. Aniseed. Hint of coconut milk.
Palate: Smooth. Grassy. Green apples. Kiwi. Star anise. A certain weakness at mid-palate. Fresh feel all the way through.
Finish: Grassy, slightly astringent.
Comment: The bourbon cask influence is obvious. A refreshing dram but simplistic. Water ruins it.
7.5
Visit the distillery
The BenRiach Company Distillery, Longmorn, Elgin, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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