This 1992 distillation of Benrinnes, bottled at 21 years of age as part of Diageo's Special Releases 2014, is a big sherry-monster. Aged in sherry wood, this is a real meaty whisky – one for those who like their whiskies big and bold. Cask strength and aged in ex-sherry oak casks for 21 years with only 2,892 bottles released for the world this is definitely one for the collection. We have just a couple of these in stock (Bottle numbers: 1004 and 1040).
The nose is extremely reserved, but clearly savoury at first: almost sapid with hints of truffle oil, or earthy with a fruity sweetness as found in ginger cake with sultanas. This soon settles down to fruit-cake mix with allspice and nutmeg. With time, sweetness emerges as dark treacle toffee; then grows richer, as sweet, buttery pastry and whipped cream.
With water, the texture is equally smooth, the taste a fine, more-ish balance of sweet and spicy. The finish is lengthy, chewy and warming, with a menthol effect, a hint of flint, then burnt currants on Christmas cake or dried orange peel. There are notes of almond in the beautifully aromatic aftertaste and there’s a very late, charred astringency with a faded trace of smoke.