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Taking a tasting bee
Dave discusses language,tasting honey and the art of bee keeping.
June 2009, Issue 80, page 12
The missing link
The recent Pernod Ricard-Allied deal reunited two great whisky names. But they were linked once before by whisky entrepreneur Jimmy Barclay. Iain Russell reports
November 2005, Issue 52, page 48
The view from the top
More than 30 enthusiasts, including some distillery managers, made their way to the summit of Ben Rinnes recently. The group were there for the unveiling of a toposcope, or orientation plaque, which ...
June 2009, Issue 80, page 6
Benrinnes 23 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.80% 7 You have got to like woody whiskies to drink this one. Has gone over the top for me. Certainly an old whisky but too long a maturation made it grumpy. Water kills it.
Berry's Own Selection Benrinnes 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Bizarrely, the nose reminded me of an Argentinian Torrontes. Where's the famed Benrinnes meatiness?
Chieftain's Choice Benrinnes 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 For me this has been bottled too early and before the sulphuriness of youth has been fully matured out.
Darkness! Benrinnes 15 Years Old Oloroso Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.90% 8 I am usually not a huge fan of these big oaky monsters, but this nails the nose perfectly. The dry palate will be a problem for others though.
Darkness! Benrinnes 15 YEars Old PX Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.30% 7 There is a theme running in these samples. Huge merits, but the tannic note takes the edge off slightly.
Dewar Rattray Benrinnes 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.30% 7 Nose and palate are a bit agressive with a lingering sourness which is disturbing. A prickly character. Water smooths the flavours over but this is not enough.
Douglas Laing Benrinnes 1990 14 Years Old, Single Cask Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 Beautifully full flavoured whisky. Manages to be both elegant and robustly expressive. Very appetising.
Harris Whisky Benrinnes 13 Years Old, Cask 7014
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.90% 7 This youngster has some hidden depths. Promising.
Rare Malts Benrinnes 21 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.40% 7 One of Speyside's secret delights. But a hard whisky to know. Big flavours, but tightly combined and unyielding.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Ginger Compote, 1996 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Great balance - true to its distillery character but a slightly softer edge than usual.