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Benriach 15 Year Old 1990/2006
Dewar Rattray, Cask #10697, 301 Bottles
Colour: Pale white wine.
Nose: As the colour suggested, this is very fresh, with little wood influence if any. I’ always happy to put my hands on such whiskies because it’s really the distillery’s ‘naked’ character that you get . So, this seems to be close to newmake, with big, clean notes of fruit eau-de-vie. But instead of the usual pears and pineapples that one gets in many newmakes, it’s rather apricots here, plums, maybe guavas and papayas and black cherries (and the spirit made thereof).
Palate: It’s better now. Still in the same vein (fruit spirit) . Let’s see what happens with water oh, now it’s pure pear juice with the addition of, err, pear spirit.
Finish: Long, still on pears, with maybe just faint hints of salt and a little buttered caramel. Good.