Over two centuries this distillery has faced it all. But flood, a rather destructive fire, a fair share of financial turmoil, and two world wars have done nothing to impair the rounded, mellow, almost sultry tones of Benrinnes Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
This is a rich, sweet, smooth single malt which sees Benrinnes’ fresh, green estery Speyside characteristics subsumed in its dark aromas.
A rich nose, presenting an early impression of chocolate liqueurs - perhaps rum filled, although there is a light sherry-wood note as well. Light smokiness, and a dense floral note. 'Vintage car upholstery' describes it best. An evocative combination of old leather, oil, burnt rubber and exhaust fumes. With water, similar but fresher; polished wood, a piney note. Still a heavy nose. The vintage car leather scents persist when further reduced - at which a faint mustiness creeps in. The palate is full bodied, with a very smooth mouthfeel. It is richly sweet, full, rum-like, with a centre palate impact. In spite of the sweetness, not cloying. It dries out slightly in the finish, where there is also a 'catch' which might be taken for peat-smoke. It has a medium length, leaving a faintly sherried aftertaste.
Benrinnes works best served in a traditional whisky glass, neat or with a little water. Benrinnes’ sweeter side means it partners well with more refined desserts, like a classic cheesecake or even a chocolate truffle.