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Benrinnes 15 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness) Review

Benrinnes Darkness Oloroso A while back we talked on here about the new Darkness Range from Maverick Drinks of Sherry finished and matured whiskies which added a bit extra to the drams.

After a bad experience with some sherried whiskies recently i've been taking a bit of a break from them and trying to refresh my palate so when a chance discussion with fellow blogger Barry Bradford (@TheWhiskyphiles) of the The Whisky Philes Blog was of guest blogging I was always going to suggest getting him to do the Sherried Drams.

This Oloroso Benrinnes is the first of two drams in this short guest series and Barry's notes are below.

Thanks again to Maverick Drinks for the sample and remember to grab a bottle from Master of Malt if you like the sound of it.

Barry Said - "I scored this an 85/100; my overriding opinion is there is a lot of the Oloroso sherry character in this (more so than more conventionally 'sherry-finished' whiskies) almost like you have mixed the whisky and sherry in the glass. The fruity Oloroso flavour was prevalent but integrated well with a sweet toffee flavour"

Tasting Notes & Details


Treacle, treacle toffee or fudge, figs, Parkin cake with ginger & orange marmalade, elderberries (tart and earthy), walnut, wood polish, cherry liqueur (Kirsch), and cocoa dusted almonds


Intensely fruity: strawberry, blackberry and plum jam, sweet molasses, zingy ginger spice, treacle with a little burnt/over-caramelised sugar crystals, Christmas pudding flambéed with brandy butter, rich syrupy sherry


Sweet, Medium/long, with date & walnut cake and dried fruits With water a distinct rubbery/sulphuric (car tyres) was unmasked in the finish - much better straight as this was masked by the fruits

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Benrinnes 15 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
Age: 15
ABV: 52.90
Distiller: Benrinnes
Bottler: Maverick Drinks
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside
Posted: 12/09/2014 by Barry

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