YEAR OLD - 1985 SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
A classic European Oak profile and a wonderful
digestif; big and sweet then mouth drying and
just very, very good. There is something deliciously
festive about this whisky. It’s redolent
of a log fire in the library, buttered crumpets
and candles on the Christmas tree.
* A limited edition, natural cask strength single
* From Benrinnes, an active distillery on Speyside.
* The first limited release from the distillers
for twelve years
* From European Oak sherry wood casks filled
* 6,000 bottles released worldwide. Unfortunately,
not sold in the US.
deep mahogany with good beading.
muscular Benrinnes with an added and immensely
seductive sweetness rippling through it. Crème
brulée with a highly caramelised surface.
Intense black fruits (prunes), Christmas cake
and dates, laced with rich sherry. Behind, a beefy
note with some allspice, like a touch of gravy
left in the meat pan. Water (just a splash) initially
brings the toffee-apple sweetness even more into
focus above such meatiness. As it becomes waxier
the fruity notes withdraw, yet some moist Christmas
cake remains - much later, the meatiness reasserts
itself. Superb balance and complexity.
Full. Immediate grip.
powerful and immediately assertive. Sweet, then
mouth drying, yet not astringent because that
concentrated sweetness remains. Waxy-viscous texture;
slight traces of brimstone. Raisin and lots of
date. Softens as it moves slowly across the tongue.
Water lightens the grip and introduces a lightly
smoked character. The voluptuous texture is countered
by tannic dryness. Sweet to start and beefy, in
all senses. Very, very good.
long, dry and warming, leaving a mellow, lingering
aftertaste of treacle and sandalwood.
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