Singlemalting #234 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 8 Benrinnes 10 Year Old

Another day and another single cask from Secret Spirits.

Today for the first time we enjoy a unique cask from the Benrinnes Distillery in Speyside. The first Scotch Whisky I ever sold was the Stronachie 12. The long lost distillery was recreated after an original bottle was procured by A.D. Rattray from 1904. The distillery that they sourced the whisky as the base for the Stronachie brand was Benrinnes. Always a super enjoyable every day dram Stronachie inspired me to seek out more single casks of Benrinnes and see what flavors could be found.

This particular cask of Benrinnes is a 1st fill Oloroso. You may be picking up on a theme here as we managed to get access to a decent range of Oloroso aged whiskies for this edition and after having the vast majority of you screaming for more sherry how could we resist.

Benrinnes Distillery

Benrinnes was founded in 1826 and unfortunately was destroyed by a flood a mere 3 years later. Rebuilt in 1835 under the name Lyne of Ruthrie. Unfortunately it went bankrupt, was sold again, went through a fire in 1896 and was finally refurbished and converted to electricity and sold to John Dewar & Son in 1922.

Thats a lot for a distillery to go through over it’s lifetime. So happy that it made it through all those challenges and we can taste this cask today.

Secret Spirits Benrinnes 10 Year Old – 1st fill Oloroso # 303872 – Speyside – 56.1% abv

Colour:        Another reddish cue to this one but again not as much as you can see from a 1st fill Oloroso cask.

Nose:           Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate block complete with the imbedded raisins. Big time memories of being a kid in Australia and having a stick broken off the block to chow down on while watching a movie with the family. This was pretty much one of our staple treats. Along with this sweetness is some of that old leather and dusty library book nose as well. Ladies and gentlemen shall we take a dram and chocolate in the drawing room?

Palate:          Wow really palate spreading flavor. The alcohol seems absolutely spot on at 56.1%. There is a burst of Grand Marnier Liqueur and all the while that lovely nutty, fruity chocolate just keeps coming.

Finish:         Lovely and warming with cocoa nibs, Terry’s chocolate orange and a zippy dry almost tannic finish that leaves everything watering for another sip.

This is the first time I have ever seen Benrinnes in a 1st fill Oloroso and I’m digging it.

On day 8 in the 5th edition we had the 13 year old Balmenach from Old Malt Cask.

Come on now get on over to our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US.  As a bonus we also have Food Quig following along as well so check them all out.

Tomorrow we are having a break from all this delicious Christmasy sherry and heading to an Island distillery from yet another first time independent bottler joining the ranks of our calendar crew.

So until the morrow drink hearty.

Cheers

Jonathan

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