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 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.