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26 Oct 2009

Benrinnes 1988 (Malts of Scotland)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Benrinnes

Like Springbank, Benrinnes produces a 2,5 times distilled malt whisky (with 2x 3 stills). Most of it is used for blends like J&B and Johnnie Walker. Both official bottlings and independent releases are rare.

This Benrinnes 1988 was matured in a bourbon hogshead for 21 years.


Benrinnes 1988 Malts of Scotland Benrinnes 21yo 1988 (46,3%, Malts of Scotland 2009, cask #888, 175 btl.)

Nose: sugared cereals (Frosties) and green apples. Temporary hints of new-make (artificial banana) although that’s quite odd for a 21 year-old… Hints of wet hay. Getting slightly fruitier over time (oranges, pears). Milk chocolate.  Mouth: more depth now. The sweet fruits are still there, the peat is bigger and rounded off with some smoke. Sweet almonds. Quite spicy (mostly white pepper). Hints of ginger and tonic. Finish: drier, still hints of smoke and peat. Some bitter cloves.

This Benrinnes is an unusual malt and I find it difficult to pin down. It shares some characteristics with Lowlands whisky and there are hardly any flavours that clearly pop out of the malty centre. Not really my type of whisky but interesting to try. Around € 95.

Score: 80/100

Benrinnes 1988 (Malts of Scotland) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-10-26
  • Roel

    To me this Benrinnes is much to my liking. I have not finished tasting yet, but it will probably rate between 87 and 89 points.

    But, and here Ruben is right, it is very particular and most people do not like it very much. I do, the only minus is the price.

  • Ruben

    Thanks Roel, I know other people really like it. I advice to taste it before buying it, because it’s a rather difficult whisky.



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