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27 Nov 2013

Benrinnes 1998 (Sansibar)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Benrinnes

Another whisky from the recent line-up of Sansibar, a Benrinnes distilled in 1998.

Between 1974 and 2007 Benrinnes distillery used a unique partial triple distillation. Some of the feints and low wines from the spirit still are distilled again in a low wines still.

 

Benrinnes 1998 SansibarBenrinnes 15 yo 1998
(47,9%, Sansibar 2013, sherry cask, 233 btl.)

Nose: slightly sharp, with a lemon marmalade / rhubarb note and some floral notes on top. Sour plums. Lots of Seville oranges. Some oily / waxy notes, eucalyptus and spices (pepper, cardamom). Fruit cake and cherry biscuits underneath as well as some pencil shavings. Mouth: oily, medium sweet, with honey and berries. Litchi liqueur. Some grapey notes and locum. Citrus again. Becomes fairly herbal towards the end, alongside an oaky dryness. Finish: medium long, slightly winey and oaky, with raisins, pepper and oak until the very end.

Very flavoursome considering its age. Rich, oily, waxy but also a tad winey and acidic. Slightly uncommon but classy spirit in any case. Around € 90.

Score: 85/100

Benrinnes 1998 (Sansibar) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-11-27

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