Now that’s what I call a sherry bomb – Review of The Bottlers Benrinnes 26 Year Old

Following Yesterdays review of the single cask Glendronach, I thought it will be a good idea to bring you an example of a true sherry bomb. If you recall from that review, I said that it felt a bit lighter than a true sherry bomb so today I bring you a review of 100% sherry bomb.

I was debating between two possible reviews but this morning on twitter there was a small discussion on awful sherried Benrinnes whiskies and just like that the die was cast for me as one of the options is an explosive sherried Benrinnes and that should mend the broken opinion on that kind of whiskies 🙂

It’s an indie bottling, as Benrinnes doesn’t have any official bottlings, from the too seldom active The Bottlers company. It’s a November 1982 vintage that spent 26 years in a Refill Sherry Butt before being bottled at 2009 at natural cask strength of 57.4%

 

The Bottlers Benrinnes 26 Year Old (57.4%, Cask #3229)

the bottlers benrinnes 26Nose: Heavy sherry nose with tons of dried fruits, a bit of smoke, sweet raisins and sultanas, prunes and cinnamon, thick and chewy, muted oak spices. After letting it sit in the glass for a couple of minutes there’s dark caramel and the it is spicier. Hey, there’s tobacco too now!

Palate: Explosive! Dark old sherry, even a bit sour, smoke, cinnamon by the bucket, oranges, tobacco, spice, dry. Leather on the back-end.

Finish: Loooooong finish. Old sherry, overdose of nutmeg, cinnamon, a bit of leather and tobacco.

Thoughts: Oh mama what a dram! Is that a refill cask? seriously? I bet the first round was real short! It’s your ultimate sherry bomb with a explosive palate and a mammoth finish. Only thing one can nitpick here is the extra nutmeg notes but for me it’s an almost perfect.

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