Benrinnes 1978/1995 G&M

Sherried Liquorice Root

From Gordon&Macphail’s 1995 centennial celebrations comes our first entry for Benrinnes, a vintage release from 1978. Who on the bottling line would have thought it would take another two decades before someone finally tasted this one??.



Description: distilled in 1978, matured for 17 years and bottled at 40.0% ABV in 1995 for G&M’s Centennial Reserve range.

Nose: has an oily feel to it, mainly varnish with a touch of peat, coconut, leaf spinach and vanilla.

Mouth: medium bodied, with a palate that is at the same time: spicy, bitter and sour, but lacking any distinctive flavours. Pear ? White pepper? Cooking oil? Your guess is as good as mine!

Finish: shortish, with white pepper, a touch of liquorice and oak.

The Verdict: well it is what it is. Not overly deep or elaborate for a 17yo, one would expect that complexity would seep into the spirit over the years, but it remains fairly blend. The touch of peat was a nice extra however. Presumably an easy sipper in its days, but wouldn’t necessarily track it down nowadays.

Score: 81

Nose: 21

Taste: 19
Finish: 20 Balance: 21
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house