Single casks come and go, and they are oh so limited. That’s their allure on the one hand, and that’s also the downer. If a cask is good, it flies of the shelves faster than lightning (literally). That was exactly what happened with this wee 14 year old BenRinnes. I got the sample from MOM (Ta muchly!) the same day as the 2 springers I’ve written about yesterday, and thought I’d give it a go fast, since my mate Sjoerd, enjoyed it so much, and I might like to pick a bottle. Happily I sat and poured this wee wonder into my Glencairn, and was blown away. it was Excellent, here’s what I thought of it:
Nose: rich and thick. Lots of sherry vanilla , sugared dried fruit. Like you put in English cake. Big sherry without getting too meaty. Wee balsamic and apple vinegar. Old wood cabinets.
Palate: whoosh! It’s powerful and not surprising when you notice it’s almost at 60% ABV. Starting with big sugared dried fruit. Lots of plums. Allspice. Chilly. Demerara sugar. Exotic fruit dipped in honey nectar. Caramel. Crème Catalan. Rich. Rich. Chocolate Bon-bons.
Finish : Chocolate with encapsulated cherries. Spice. Ginger.bitter almonds.
Delightful. Superb. Lovely. soothing. I wanted it badly. Hopped onto the MoM site, and only to see this evil message :
What?! how can this happen? I immediately twitted to Ben (@masterofmalt) is this a mistake?! but he just said: “time and single casks wait for no man my friend”. and he was right. It’s a bummer, but I am sure there will be more lovely single casks priced like that (55 quid it’s a steal!). so be quick. think fast, or regret it for eternity. (ok, I am a little over dramatic here)
many thanks for the chaps over at MoM for this little gem. you rock.