Back to reality, with more affordable drams (That Strathisla was awesome, but… ) bearing 2 digit prices, rather than three, for us mortals. This 1997 Benriach is a very nice dram, bottled at 46%, and priced at an affordable £65, and another good example for good casks selection in the “The wood makes the whisky” campaign.
Nose : Fresh and fruity with exotic notes of Kiwi,peaches and melon, very buttery as well with vanilla frosting and oak.
Palate : Spicy oak, with hints of toasted oak, butter and shortbread, with more fruit, and quite a bit of spice too mixed with dried coconut.
Finish : Wood spice, toasted oak, white pepper.
A very nice, fruity, malty with lovely exotic touches, very drinkable, and offers a lovely sniffing experience. I would have loved to see this get bottled at 50-something % abv. would have shot up in score.
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