Distillation Year: 1996
Bottling Year: 2015
Nose: Honey, apple pie, white chocolate and boiled sweets.
Palate: Lemon meringue pie, cashew nuts and soft hints of nougat and creme caramel.
Finish: Very creamy with all spice, coffee beans and whiffs of toffee.
Benriach-Glenlivet 19 yo 1996/2015 (47.1%, Cadenhead, Small Batch)Four stars Our friends in Campbeltown keep using the suffix ‘–Glenlivet’. One day, they’ll issue an Ardbeg-Glenlivet ;-). And that won’t be a blended malt…Colour: pale gold.Nose: the style of the 1985. Kellogg’s best, custard, barley syrup, apple pie, honey… I cannot imagine anyone having something bad to say about this style.Mouth: ah, some citrus. And apples, grapes, light honey, green bananas (the small ones they have in Cuba), limoncello… All that on a slightly grassy base. A touch of white chocolate, perhaps.Finish: medium, rather light, with more light honey and apple juice. A delicate maltiness. The aftertaste is a little bitter.Comments: typical well-aged fruity and light Benriach ex-good American wood. There might not be a lot happening (it’s not the US elections, is it), but there isn’t anything to complain about. Does the job. SGP:651 - 85 points.
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