Each linked closely together by a skillfully woven malty tapestry, the three stages in the tasting of this incredible Benrinnes are nonetheless entities in their own right.
The nose’s intensely floral character and the palate’s abundantly fruity temperament precede a wonderfully chocolaty, roasted and spicy finish that also reveals an impressively mature and fresh expression.
Nose: Elegant, ethereal. The truly outstanding first nose brings notes of marmalade, rose petal, purple lilac and very ripe mango. Allowed to breathe, it becomes spicy (pepper, clove), camphoric and even more floral (freesia, hyacinth, lime blossom). Gradually, candy sugar and a fine layer of caramel cover the surface of the aroma palette. Apricot and quince jelly arrive in the finale.
Palate: Distinguished, full of energy. Beginning exactly where the nose left off, the attack also allows a glimpse of the beautifully clear and fruity spirit (pear, kirsch). On the mid-palate, frangipane, cocoa and tobacco spread harmoniously across the sides of the palate. At the end of the palate, red fruits (raspberry, strawberry) and dark chocolate rival each other in intensity.
Finish: Long, silky. The very slightly tannic start of the finish is characterized by notes of prune, toast and beeswax. Sprinkled with nutmeg and chocolate chips, the finish also evokes a very high-quality black tea. Beaming with herbaceous freshness, the retro-nasal olfaction returns to the notes of tobacco found on the mid-palate (smoking Havana cigar). The empty glass is malty, roasted (coffee, tonka bean) and resinous (thuja, cedar).