Here we have a 14-year-old Benrinnes. This spent its first decade in a bourbon barrel and then the last 4 years in a sherry butt.
The nose starts with a soft waxy fruitiness (strawberry laces, banana chips) then a little earth and dried honey, plus something a little floral. There’s some buttered toast here, and a little savoury note in the background – not meaty really, maybe more like herby dumplings?
The palate has a classically sherried start, with dark chocolate, orange and coffee, before the fruitiness from the nose starts coming through (red berries, strawberry fondant). The development is long and quite complex, balancing some light fruitcakeiness with zingy fruits and then a quite meaty and salty aftertaste.
Adding water brings up tarter fruits (lime and yuzu syrup, rhubarb and custard sweets), and adds salted butter and a sort of honeyed grassiness to the aftertaste.
The cask produced 226 bottles at a cask strength.
Due to the very small number of bottles released we are selling these as one per household.
55% / 70cl