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Darkness! Benrinnes 15 Years Old Oloroso Cask Tasting notes and reviews

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Darkness! Benrinnes 15 Years Old Oloroso Cask

Brand
Darkness!
Expression
Benrinnes 15 Years Old Oloroso Cask
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
15 years old
Abv
52.90%
Produced at
~ Benrinnes Distillery
Region
Speyside
Website
www.maverickdrinks.com

Neil Ridley

82
Nose
Lovely and fatty – full of rich caramels, oily Brazil nuts and sour cherries. Very well rounded and complex indeed.
Palate
Wow, super dry initially, with some sherry cask chewiness, a hint of rubber and chopped hazelnuts. Water brings back a little of the sweet notes, but this is very oak laden indeed.
Finish
Dry, with slightly bitter tannins, backed with a surprisingly
Comment
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.

Martine Nouet

84
Nose
Intense, rich and deep oak. Antique furniture. Sherry print. Dried fruit. Raisins and prunes. Oak is in the front but well integrated. On time, a floral note. Heady flowers like lily. Complex, elegant. In the back, a mineral note of chalk like in Grande Champagne cognacs.
Palate
Dry and crisp. Oak comes on the front with a definite astringency. Lots of liquorice. Dried fruit.
Finish
Lingering, dry, astringent.
Comment
A powerful and elegant whisky, on the oaky side, especially on the palate, but well integrated. With an obvious sherry signature.
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