BENRINNES 1995 Over 20 Years 8th Edition ARTIST S.V
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 55210
In 1966, Benrinnes doubled its production capacity, increasing the number of stills from three to six. Equipped with two wash stills and four spirits stills, it practised partial triple distillation until 2007. Since then it has returned to classic double distillation, with each wash still being connected to a spirit still. Following the Artist Collective small batch in our 2018 Catalogue Collection, we are proud to present this single cask which is even more concentrated and complex. If we had to mention one part of its personality in particular, it would unquestionably be the layer of arnica that covers the aromatic palette.
Profile: the complex initial nose is medicinal (arnica) and mentholated. It then develops notes of cut hay and fruit (white grape). The rich attack is vanilla and luscious (sage). The mid-palate is honeyed and delicately woody. On the finish, almond appears alongside cut hay. With originality, it lingers with green olive and spices (pepper). Single Cask no. 9063 – Hogshead. Exclusive to LMDW.
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- Appearance : deep gold.
- Nose : refined, complex. At first, the aromatic palette is covered in a thin layer of arnica and peppermint aromas. Then, everything shatters, ceding to notes of green malt, cut hay and incredibly juicy fruits (white grape, canary melon, Louis bonne pepper). The longer it is left to breathe, the more concentrated it becomes. Vanilla pod and acacia honey bring lots of consistency.
- Palate : elegant, rich. On the attack, the vanilla pod has developed into a creamy custard and numerous aromatic plants (verbena, sage, rosemary), highlighting its pleasant freshness. The mid-palate is characterized by notes of polish (beeswax, emery cloth) and honey (still acacia). The spicy (grated ginger, cinnamon) end of the palate struts its stuff.
- Overall : long, airy. Green almond and fresh walnut appear alongside freshly cut hay. Then, unexpectedly and with originality, it develops notes of green olive and lime. The luscious (sorrel, lemon balm) retronasal olfaction is slightly peppery and sprinkled with a few grains of salt. The empty glass faithfully reproduces the medicinal notes of the initial nose, adding cocoa bean and praline.
- The brand
Benrinnes remains relatively undiscovered, but is nevertheless well-known amongst whisky lovers. Its tumultuous history featured a succession of reconstructions and changes in ownership, until in 1925 it was finally given some stability by being incorporated into the Distillers Company Limited. This distillery, which was equipped with its own saladin box for malting its barley until 1984, is noted for its rather unconventional “partial triple distillation”. Although its rare official bottlings have remained in the shadows: The Flora & Fauna and Rare Malts collections, its most expressive whiskies are to be found on the independent bottlings market.
Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.
Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.
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