Arriving at the Whisky Exchange show this year, I had one whisky that I knew I needed to get my grubby paws on if I could: a dark as all hell Benrinnes that Adelphi had released and had sold out everywhere almost instantly online. A pre-2007 Benrinnes at that.
Luckily they had some to try as it proved fairly unusual…
Benrinnes 2006 Adelphi 55.5%
Colour: Dark Amber
Nose: Black cherry sauce, wet tweed, wet hay and grass but weird, clean but there's an off note. Doesn't really smell like whisky.
Taste: Oily, cherry and chocolate, spices with black pepper, wet tweed again and the that weird off note from the nose.
Finish: Long length. Wet tweed, weird wood and pepper.
On paper the greatest whisky ever, in practice I wouldn't even guess this was whisky blind. A real shame as I was very tempted to buy one.
However, this could be that its just going to be a very polarising whisky. Initial whiskybase rating look to be really high, so it could just be me…
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