Benriach (Malts of Scotland) - 1991, Bourbon Barrel - 20 y.o. - 51,6%
16F: 15E: 85/100

Benriach 1991, Bourbon Barrel

Malts of Scotland
20 years
Bottle details:
distillation: 03-1991 bottling: 07-2011
non chill filtered cask strength
Bourbon barrel
cask nr:32283
143 /251 bottles
price class:

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Nose: A mixture of cereals, fruit cake, lots of vanilla, almond and hints of solvent paste. After aeration, more floral and the dried coconut notes. Rather complex but I do not hang on the profile of the nose.
Taste: Very "grain." Creme brulee, bitter almond, vanilla, vanilla and vanilla.
Final: On ... almonds and vanilla. Quite short.
Conclusion: A relatively young "grain"? Girvan? Not my thing anyway 80


Colour : Old gold.
Nose: Starts slightly grassy before unfolding on much nicer buttery and fruity notes. Becomes quite spectacular and mouth watering now, with lots of lemon drops and slightly unripe pineapple on top of an appetizing sponge cake. A touch of light honey. And quite some alcohol for the balance. The Wilson & Morgan trademark?
Mouth: I like it! Very vibrant and zesty, with lots of fresh fruits (mainly freshly squeezed orange juice). Juicy and creamy. Hot it is (50% ?) but never burning.
Finish: Long and velvety, it fades away on a light honey softness.
Comment: This is pure pleasure whisky, assertive and tasty, mingling the sourness of fresh fruits with the softness of freshly baked cakes. The best you can get from a middle aged refill sherry Speysider. A nice Glen Keith?



Nose like another sample of this session (No. 3). Mineral base (slightly powdery here), vegetal vigor and a little too steep for my taste. Nose generally quite weird.
Mouth attack quite silky and delicate. In line with the nose plus a nice fruity (pear, white peach).
Final: rather short although some persistent side powder / mineral.
Conclusion: A confusing malt nose but with which we are reconciled through the mouth. Provided it does not totally convinced!


Spirity and peppery nose, slightly floral. A drop of water opens it with notes of rose petal, almond and a hint of lemon.
Especially floral mouth with a little grain.
Final peppermint, menthol without water. Gently with a drop of water, but also shorter.
Malt not devoid of interest, which requires a drop of water to open but which also weakens it making it becoming "delicate".


Colour: Pale gold
The nose is strongly influenced by alcohol and tingling appear early. After a few moments, beautiful fruity notes take over. A hint of vanilla. Sour candy.
The palate is very smooth and a nice contrast between sweet fruity (peach) and notes more acidic (citrus, pineapple) gives a nice complexity.
The finish is spectacular. Strongly influenced by the freshness of citrus, it is long and pleasant.


“It is a quite interesting whisky with lots of spices and wood. I like it but no clue about what it can be”
This dram has a gold like color.

Nose (89): (5)more than average. honey, citrus, spices, vanilla, cinnamon.

Taste (90): smooth, powerful. honey, citrus, spices, wood, smoke, fruits.

Finish (89): (4)average. honey, spices, citrus.



Nose: sulfur notes out. Then, the dominant scent reminds me of banana shaped Haribo sweets. What follows is of vanilla, spices, malt and shortbread. In some ways, fairly typical of the Highlands.

Taste: Quite atypical. Very expressive and sweet. It feels much like Haribo bananas. It almost sounds like a rum!

Finish: long with fruity overtones.

Comments: Evokes me successively Clynelish 90 years and a rum ... Is this a rum finish? In any case, it has the merit of being original, well made and long finish.


Nose: subtle hints of lime verbena followed by young wood. Caramel, then focuses on the leather, shoe polish. Aeration reveals catechu & fresh tobacco.
Mouth thoroughly on the cashew then appears fresh tobacco will never leave the mouth. Otherwise, pepper, salt, herbs, a little wood smoke. Rubber.
Final: Tobacco & evening infusions (& lime verbena)
Conclusion: Amazing. Interesting for smokers (at least that is what I would find in a cigar if I would put it!). Beyond this originality is a good malt, nothing more.


Appearance: light yellow
Nose: medium intensity, fairly well integrated alcohol, almond paste, grains, red berries, yellow fruits
Taste: low to medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, grain smooth, malty, jellied yellow fruits, white pepper
Finish: medium



Nose: Very fresh and fruity, followed by warm tones of grain and sweet biscuit.

Taste: Sour and bitterness with little influences of some sweetness (pity).

Finish: Medium long and spicy (peppery).



Color: Gold

Nose: Starts clearly on white fruit (pear, apple), then the vanilla, and finally ginger. Nice but very "wood technology."

Taste: Powerful, wood speaks loudly with lots of spices, yet vanilla and candy apple. We are not surprised, this is in line with the nose.

Finish: Quite long, vanilla but more dry or slightly astringent.

Conclusion: A whisky to taste by the vanilla lovers. Not my cup of tea, but it is well done.


Straw yellow color

Nose: The nose looks very aromatic. But it gives more the impression of density even more cumbersome than complexity. Sugar and vanilla. A floral side but not in the light.

Palate: Tonus, power and vanilla, much vanilla, too much vanilla. Little to say, apart from the new wood, with what is still sometimes found in the world of fermented wine in new oak barrels: juice timber.
Alcohol is a bit drying.

Finish: Good length, the new wood is really too strong which adds bitterness. Wood glue.
One dimensional. Problem of maturation?


Nose: Fresh, lozenge mint, floral.

Palate: Fresh fruits.

Final: Fresh, sweet, licorice. Long.

Comments: Not complex but very good. Well integrated alcohol.



Color: Straw
Nose: Apple sweetness
Mouth : Tangerine, orange juice, malt
Finish: Short



Color: Light gold

Nose: rather pleasant, on cereal, gingerbread and flowers. Fleeting notes of green grass contrasted with the meringue. Adding water disperses many flavors struggling to return.

Palate: Without water, the attack is very powerful, pastry notes, becoming astringent. Adding water is difficult. As for the nose, it is hard to rebuild. After a long time, it returns to form and regains its softness. The last drop of chocolate frankly however, is a real pleasure.

Final: The gourmand notes unfortunately not linger very long.

Many promises at the nose before adding water. Mouth took over, but the alcohol is too present. The water quickly smothers most interesting notes that are slow to return. Difficult to control damage.