2005 Benrinnes 12 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1298479

Over the last four years we've completely fallen in love with Benrinnes distillery, one of Diageo's Johnnie Walker satellites that rarely sees the light of day as a single malt release. There's something inherently joyful about the whisky from Benrinnes; there's a freshness and a vibrancy that sings from the glass no matter the age, proof, or type of cask that it's been aged in. Their staff members are much the same. Upon our last visit to the facility, we showed up unannounced and were welcomed with such incredible hospitality and friendliness that we left Benrinnes even bigger fans than we already were. Since that time, we've purchased almost every single cask of Benrinnes that's come our way and our customers have responded with a similar enthusiasm. This 12 year old edition from the Highland distillery is brimming with sweet grains, vanilla, creamy malt, and round summer fruits on the finish. At 56.7% ABV, those characteristics are dialed up and intensified, but the whisky is still quite drinkable without water. Rocks drinkers will be thrilled, however, as a couple of cubes don't dilute any of the potency. There's very little that can diminish the unbridled Highland malt character of Benrinnes, which is why we're head over heels in love with this whisky.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2017 | Send Email
The Benrinnes single malts are not big and heavy but offer an elegant and delicious experience. This single cask has a beautiful nose of honey, bees wax and malt that is very inviting. In the mouth it is balanced and juicy with malt flavors that are nice and tasty . A touch of water makes this Benrinnes lighter and gives it a nice creamy mouth feel.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2017 | Send Email
This whisky is pure happiness in a glass. It's simply a really great version of classic Highland single malt, but for a price that typically represents 43-46% ABV. Macallan 12, Glendronach 12, Clynelish 14, Oban 14, and other Highland offerings typically clock in between $50 and $60 when they're not at full proof. To have access to a whisky as good as Benrinnes in that same age and price range, but at cask strength, isn't something I'll ever sleep on. As long as we can continue to get barrels of Benrinnes for these prices, I'll keep buying them. This one is full of bright barley, sweet vanilla, peaches, and more. This should be your house Scotch. This should everyone's house Scotch.

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Alcohol Content (%): 56.7