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BenRiach 1976 Single Cask, 37 years, b.2014, Sherry Cask Matured / Bourbon Finish, Cask No. 529, 105/183, 44.2% abv.

This one is from batch 11 of the BenRiach single cask range. The bartender suggested this one, as I was still new to the BenRiach single cask range at that point. But nowadays I expect nothing short of spectacular from these older BenRiach single casks.

Nose: light XO, light honey notes, sherry feel.

Palate: full bodied, well balanced, soft wood, light raw tofu taste, is that sherry? Not strong on those expired sherry flavors (this is a good thing!), but hints of dried red and purple fruit is there, couldn't tell it was a sherry cask. Hard to describe how good this is.

Finish: short, mostly smoke although I'm not sure what kind, all flavors dissipate quite quickly.

Hard to describe how good this is. Very well balanced in terms of sensory aspects as well as taste. Not as good as the amazing 1971, but definitely on the same pedestal, very good flavor throughout, especially the nose. Balance is the key. A great dram. These old Benriach single casks are truly amazing. Had this at the Mash Tun, Tokyo, Japan.

Grade: A

Could only find one review:
Whiskynotes, Ruben Luyten, 91/100


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