Benrinnes 13 1998 A.D. Rattray Cask Collection

Thanks to?/u/nsquare14?for the sample. A long time ago I found out that Benrinnes was the thing. Ex-sherry specifically. I bought a bottle of Benrinnes 14 A.D. Rattray Cask Collection, enjoyed it a lot, and here we are. Since then it’s been harder to find these nice ex-sherry cask Benrinnes, probably because we weren’t wrong about how tasty they are. Thus when the opportunity came up… Continue reading Benrinnes 13 1998 A.D. Rattray Cask Collection

Benrinnes 19 1996 Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Thanks to the Toronto Whisky Society for hosting this event, and to /u/devoz for picking out the lineup. Yours truly was presenting the lineup, and boy, let me tell you, as someone who didn’t pick the whiskies and has had a few ex-Bourbon Benrinnes, I was a bit concerned. You see… Benrinnes is big because of how nicely ts pairs in sherry. Ex-bourbon casks have this issue that they… Continue reading Benrinnes 19 1996 Carn Mor Strictly Limited

Benrinnes 19 1997 Old Malt Cask Hunter Laing (K&L Exclusive)

Thanks to /u/nsquare14 for sending me some samples. Really appreciate these, as he sent me some I’ve never reviewed as a thank you for the reviews. Little bit of a rant here, with hopes that someone reads it that can do something. There’s no such thing as a whisky, from a distillery, that you can buy and, just based on it coming from that distillery, ensure… Continue reading Benrinnes 19 1997 Old Malt Cask Hunter Laing (K&L Exclusive)

Benrinnes SMWS 36.122 “A dark jungle of flavour”

For some of you reading old Benrinnes reviews from myself on reddit or on my webpage, you’ll be wondering why I take a silly approach and talk poorly about them. You see, that was a joke brought up awhile ago. Around Reddit, not many people knew about Benrinnes. Or how good an ex-sherry Benrinnes could be. As such, when one of the top reviewers discovered… Continue reading Benrinnes SMWS 36.122 “A dark jungle of flavour”

Benrinnes SMWS 36.96 “Chocolate Cake Cookie”

Looked at my upcoming samples I was planning on reviewing. Came to a conclusion: I was about to review some whiskies that may lower my overall numbers, if you catch my drift. Suffice to say, I also had a first-fill 9 year old Benrinnes that was aching for it. Granted I sound like a Catholic priest talking about a young boy who likes chocolate bars… Continue reading Benrinnes SMWS 36.96 “Chocolate Cake Cookie”

Review: Scotch Malt Whisky Society 36.96

  SMWS Code: 36.96 Code Name: “Chocolate cake cookie” Distillery: Benrinnes Age: 9 years Cask: 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel Appearance: 0.3, Pale Gold Nose: Up front mint and menthol, vanilla, some white cake, powdered sugar, apple and pear, peppery oak. A bit one dimensional. Taste: Quite spicy and youthful on the arrival, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, apple, pear, pineapple, white pepper, lemon zest, lemon custard. Great mouth feel … Continue reading Review: Scotch Malt Whisky Society 36.96

Toronto Whisky Society meetup at Devoz’s house, Feb 2016

Toronto Whisky Society got together at Devoz’s house for a few drams…though the word ‘few’ is kind of a lie. boyd86 kinohead devoz and I were drinking all night and tomodera dropped by for some swaps too. here are the drams I tasted and some comments on each, verbatim from my hand-written notes that night, so you can probably tell which ones were later in the evening! Glenmorangie … Continue reading Toronto Whisky Society meetup at Devoz’s house, Feb 2016

Benrinnes 23 [Pub L’Isle Noire Flight Review Set #1]

Hey Dram Fans, hope you’re having a nice day! I’m currently great because I’m writing up the second of a 4 part series on a pretty sweet pub called Pub L’Isle Noire, which if you’re ever in Montreal, you should check out. Or don’t. I’m not your mother. Anyway, I was sitting there, ready to do 4 reviews, one per region, and I realized something:… Continue reading Benrinnes 23 [Pub L’Isle Noire Flight Review Set #1]

Benrinnes Mega-Review [11 Signatory 1997, 14 Hart Brothers, 14 Lady of the Glen, 14 1998 A.D. Rattray, 15 Flora & Fauna, 15 Darkness! Oloroso, 15 Darkness! PX, 17 Signatory 1997, 17 S.M.W.S. 36.82, 18 The Ultimate 1995]

Today I’m reviewing 10 different offerings from multiple sources of Benrinnes. Some of you may ask “Why? Why would you let the cat out of the bag?” Well, first up, Benrinnes is an interesting Speyside distillery. They triple distill, they have been mothballed twice, and they were known for being used in blends. Also they are owned by Diageo, yet haven’t been universally panned by… Continue reading Benrinnes Mega-Review [11 Signatory 1997, 14 Hart Brothers, 14 Lady of the Glen, 14 1998 A.D. Rattray, 15 Flora & Fauna, 15 Darkness! Oloroso, 15 Darkness! PX, 17 Signatory 1997, 17 S.M.W.S. 36.82, 18 The Ultimate 1995]