Benriach 17 TWE Selection 1998/2015 Review

This is a 17 year triple distilled Benriach selected by The Whisky Exchange. It was finished in a PX Sherry puncheon and bottled at 48.9% ABV.

Nose: Watered down fruit punch, malty with a bit of a soapy note and some isopropyl in the background. Fairly bland on first impression with the PX sherry adding minimal fruit notes.

Palate: Quite soapy on the palate as well unfortunately – a bit of grass mixed among the malt notes. Little to no inidication of a sherry finish.

Finish: Soap lingers with a drying oak.

Rating: 73/100 – Disappointed in this one as the PX Sherry finish seems more of a marketing tactic here as there is hardly any discernible impact on the malt. The soap note throughout was quite distracting.

Value for the money: This is still available at TWE for $104 (excluding shipping) – and I would not buy again at any price.

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