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2003 Benrinnes 15 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Refill Hogshead Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $75)

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Benrinnes has become a staple on our shelves for the last several years. This isn't simply because Benrinnes is available, but because the whiskies we taste from this lovely little facility are delicious. And while it's true that it's available relatively frequently, we're picky about which casks come home with us. Benrinnes is unique for several reasons. Firstly, between 1974 and 2007, the distillery conducted an unusual semi-triple pot distillation whereby the feints from the wash still, weaker spirits still, and low wine still are included in the low wine distillation. The spirits still is fed by the foreshots and the heads of wash and low wine stills, and the heads and feints of the spirits still. Presumably, this was done to not waste any usable spirit, but the resulting malt is delicate and aromatic in a very unique way. Add the use of traditional worm tubs for cooling and it's a recipe for one of our absolute favorite Speyside malts. We can only assume that the reason this excellent distillery isn't marketed in the US as a standalone is due to its necessity in Diageo's blending program. Now they've switched to a more traditional double distillation, which still produces an excellent if slightly more homogenous malt, but there's something about the old way that's endearing and appealing. This excellent cask shows the ubiquitous fruitiness that we've come to love in Benrinnes, but also some deep spice and tangy citrus thanks to a rather active cask.

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By: Jennifer Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2020 | Send Email
on the NOSE: toasted caramel, almonds and cashews, bananas and a hint of peat. on the PALATE: Wow bursting vanilla and smooth oak flavors explode with herbs. Super fun! FINISH: spicy characters exude from this 15 year old cask strength. You can tell it's a strong one but somehow still has soft notes like vanilla, brown sugar and cardamom for a spectacular and soothing drink. Whether on the rocks or neat, I would enjoy sipping this beauty all night long. Cheers!

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2020 | Send Email
It may have just passed but this would have been a great whiskey to celebrate the lunar new year with, perfect with dumplings and priced where I wouldn’t feel too bad if my relatives made a highball with it. The nose is sweet, with overly buttered toffee, coco powder, Asian pear, candied ginger, and goji berry. The texture was like watered down honey and just as sweet with a nice burn to it. Caramel banana, green apple, and cinnamon danced on my palate and left a oaky sweet tone with a bit of plum for me to ponder. Wonderfully light and expressive scotch at a great price point.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2020 | Send Email
This Scotch is surprisingly floral, but still has a lot of leather on the nose which is a character I associate with Benrinnes. Violets mix with red berries and scents of black licorice. With more nosing, yeasty and bready notes emerge with touches of cocoa. On the palate, fruit and spice shine in a big way. There's a lot of orchard fruit coming through plus cinnamon, mace, and chili. What I really like about this malt is that the fruitiness is clean and bright, rather than the heavy Sherry-focused variety that's all the rage right now in Scotch. It stays light and zesty through the entire sipping experience.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2020 | Send Email
Lighter in profile than many others on the shelf, this is a great deal in Single Malt whisky. The palate is very honeyed with crisp ripe pear, orange rind and sweet/sour lemon drop candy. A touch of cinnamon on the end adds some great spice and complexity. There's nothing not to like about this one, and it lends itself as one of the most approachable Single Malt Scotches on the shelf.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2020 | Send Email
We've been on a bit of a Benrinnes bender these last few years. It's just really hard to argue with the quality of this spirit and the value these incredible casks are able to offer. Last years 10 year sold well at $50, but that was distilled after the distillery flipped to it's new double distillation system. It's hard to tell whether it's the added age or the old way of distilling that sets this one significantly apart from last years, but we've definitely graduated to the next level here. This cask is an absolute gem, especially if you love fruity spirit driven malts, rather than the cask driven. The nose is a lovely mixture of cake frosting, ripe Mirabelle, touches of underbrush and sugar cookies. On the palate sweet malt, slight grassy notes frame the lovely freshness and pure fruit perfect. With water the intensity of the crystalline fruit is heightened, rich juice and textured. This is one of the cleanest easiest drinking malts in the shop right now. Easy creamy and fruity, but don't forget to add a drop of water or you'll miss out on the fun. Too easy to drink and perfect for anyone, whether expect or a novice looking to have their first cask strength dram.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2019 | Send Email
This is a balanced and absolutely delicious single malt. It is lively with a pretty floral nose with beautiful bees wax notes. In the mouth it is sweet and round with no smoke to get in the way of the lust malt and subtle bees wax flavors. With a splash of water there is the same flavor profile as above but it is more open and is softer. This is very easy to drink and shows why it is always a pleasure to taste something from Benrinnes.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2019 | Send Email
Light and chewy are hard to do at the same time, but the old distillations of Benrinnes seem to achieve it every time. There is so much complexity to the malt itself, it's mesmerizing. Tons of fruit ranging from pear and apple to loads of stone fruit crossed with a touch of fresh cut hay and the texture of fine crumb, hot out of the oven pound cake. A bit of zesty lemon peel and Pilsner bright barley offer a fresh but flavorful palate. A fine toasty oak on the finish rounds everything out and provides a bit of sweet spice and chocolate. Just a perfect whisky and maybe the best intro to Benrinnes we've ever bottled.
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