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23 Jun 2012

BenRiach 1991 (Mo Òr)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in BenRiach

I’m off to a BenRiach tasting this afternoon, trying to spot the best BenRiach 1976 among +/- 20 expressions. A nice initiative of our friend Serge Reijnders who has been collecting these legendary bottlings for years now, including some of the rare ones for Taiwan and Japan. I could have prepared by reviewing a 1976, but I’ll have a younger one if you don’t mind.

You don’t see too many independent BenRiach bottlings. This one was bottled in the upmarket Mo Òr Collection.

 

BenRiach 1991 Mo Òr CollectionBenRiach 19 yo 1991 (46%, Mo Òr Collection 2011, bourbon hogshead #110681, 300 btl.)

Nose: 75% grassy notes and 25% fruits. On the fruity side we have sherbet fruits, apple and pear and white peach. The grassy notes as stronger and they’re combined with minerals, even whiffs of sea air. Overall rather dry, closer to some Old Pulteney than to most other BenRiach. Mouth: malty, oily and waxy with an earthy herbal character. Some liquorice and a grapefruit bitterness. Quite dry again. There’s still something maritime to it. Finish: pretty long, mainly on grassy notes with hints of heather honey.

An uncommon BenRiach, no big fruity sweetness but a coastal / herbal character instead. Not my favourite BenRiach, but an interesting surprise nonetheless. Around € 80.

Score: 83/100

BenRiach 1991 (Mo Òr) 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-06-23

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  • Tony: I wonder if the rest of the cask is the TWE 1981 just released with no cask number (and a similar though not identical strength)...
  • john marrinan: That is true, but to all intents and purposes a score of 87 is the same as a score of 90. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the maniacs scored it the
  • WhiskyNotes: It's not so much a matter of trusting a score as it is a matter of being able to relate to it.

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