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Benrinnes 15 Year Old

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@RianCReview by @RianC

7th Apr 2024


Benrinnes 15 Year Old
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Yet another review I've lost at the last hurdle ... Grrrr!

I'll try again: this is the flora and fauna version of Benrinnes. Bottle has been open a few months with four fifths left. Review is neat.

Nose - quite muted. Brown bread, wisp of menthol, mild toffee, vague sourness.

Taste - sweet, sour and a touch of umami. All quite vague and generic. Slight floral and yeasty notes emerge over time.

Finish - short. Hint of peat, dry, slight sweetness and a touch of soapiness.

With water: just don't ...

All in all, a little underwhelming. The flavours are 'OK' but it's all very undefined and a bit lacklustre. Currently cooking a roast pork and celeriac mash and this is perfect for casually sipping whilst not paying much attention. That would be fine but, at £60, one expects a little more. By comparison, the Thompson Bro's blend knocks this out of the park in a h2h, and is half the price!

I rarely 'dis' a whisky for its presentation, but I'll have to make exception here: this whisky feels like it has been neutered. And it's a shame, as I sense there is a decent, and more expressive, malt underneath.

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sailorman commented

I had a similar experience with the FF Benrinnes 15. Not my flavor profile. You call it umami. I tasted bouillon cubes.

28 days ago 2Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

This is why I have created a template in my laptop for my reviews and I always write them up there and then copy/paste onto connosr.

Thanks for your persistence. It is good to know about the ones that are worth missing.

28 days ago 1Who liked this?

OdysseusUnbound commented

But how was the roast pork and celeriac mash? (I’m asking the important questions here)

28 days ago 1Who liked this?

RianC commented

@OdysseusUnbound - oh they were delightful, thanks smile

The crackling, which is the best bit, let's be honest, was perfect too! Yummers

18 days ago 1Who liked this?

RianC commented

@sailorman - I remembered you saying as much. I thought I would like it more but perhaps best looking to the IBs for Benrinnes, as this was pallid.

18 days ago 0