Review No.113. Benrinnes 15 Year Old

Whisky: Benrinnes 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%

Nose: Tropical fruits, mango, passionfruit, cherry, spicy fruitcake, custard, malt

Taste: Malt, biscuit, cardboard, dark chocolate, raisins, leather polish

Finish: Dark chocolate, cardboard, malt

Score: 3.5

Summary: I found this to be more complex than others in the range and really stood out to me.  Not just in comparison to other malts in the Flora and Fauna range but in general I think this is a good malt that I would be happy to see bottled as a separate range in various ages and higher alcohol content.  The fruitiness an spiciness works well together and reminds me of Amrut Fusion but without the peat presence.  At approx. £50 I think this offers good value.  Unfortunately there are not any other official bottlings in the range but there are a number of independent bottles out there on the market.  I am on the look out.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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