Review 440: Benrinnes 1997 18 Year
There is a new independent bottler in town it’s called Valinch & Mallet and is founded in 2015 by two Italian guys living in London. Their website is still under construction so no extra info there. Well let’s wait for their website and I’ll update the information later.
|Water Source:||Scurran Burn & Rowantree Burn|
|Stills:||2 Wash stills|
4 Spirit stills
|Capacity:||2.500.000 litres of pure alcohol per year|
|Expression:||Benrinnes 1997 18 Year|
|Bottled by:||Valinch & Mallet - Hidden Casks Collection|
|ABV (% Alc):||52.5%|
|Phenols (smoke):||0 ppm on barley|
|Bottle number:||240 Bottles|
A rich, fruity, sweet and balanced whisky with aromas of berries (redcurrant, blueberries, elderberries) red apple, pineapple, pear, rhubarb, pear drops, coconut, mango, fruit tea, floral tones, vanilla, honey, candied ginger, fresh ripe plums, perfume towns, earthy tones, fruit cake, hint of coffee, milk chocolate, anise milk, cedar wood, grappa, licorice, white pepper, citrus and a faint tone of oak.
A powerful, rich, spicy and sweet whisky with aromas of a salty tone, honey, pepper, the alcohol is quite present, icing sugar, golden syrup, berries, apple, fresh figs, backed pear, pineapple, cinnamon, stem ginger, subtle tannins, pear drops, hint of cedar wood, lemon curd and creamy oak.
A medium, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of ripe fruits, tannins, sweet backing spices, milk chocolate and creamy oak.
- Smell: - 8.7/108.7/10
- Taste: - 8.5/108.5/10
- Finish: - 8.4/108.4/10
This is quite a sweet dram with a bitter finish. The casks seems not to have been that active. after four drams out of this range i detect a similarity in these whisky’s and that is that the casks are inactive and have very little influence on the dram. At least to little cask influence according to my preferences. It lacks depth, character and complexity which I expect from an independent bottling.
Not a bad sip but not spectacular either.
Price to quality ratio: 77,60% (Telgen weighted factor score)
|0% - 60%||Extremely overpriced whisky - not worth buying!|
|60% - 70%||Highly overpriced whisky - think about it|
|70% - 80%||Too expensieve - do you really want it?|
|80% - 85%||No bargain - taste before you buy!|
|85% - 90%||Acceptable price to quality ratio|
|90% - 95%||Good price to quality ratio - always good to stock-up on|
|95% - 100%||Bargain! - Buy it before it is sold out!|