Review #513 | /r/Scotch Review #183 – Benriach Single Cask, 18yr Tawny Port
The Schtick: This is a Benriach single cask bottled for Astor Wines in NYS. It is 18 years old, bottled at cask strength with no filtration, coloration and port matured.
ABV: 55.5% ABV
Age: 18 Years
Bottle #: 424 of 837
Bottled: July 2014
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Rich stewed fruits, honey, cocoa and caramel. Nutty, nougat, strawberry preserve. Oak, tobacco, pepper.
Taste: Thick and rich – a little heat. There is some oakiness here and some nice pepper to pair well with cocoa and caramel. Mild sulfur. Tons of really rich fruits, cherry, strawberry, fig and a faint wisp of smokiness.
Finish: Long, dry and oaky. This blends well with lots of sweet fruits.
Overall: I really enjoyed this but it did lean a hair on the oaky, dry and tannic end of things for me. This was a nice balance to keep it from being too cloyingly sweet with all of that sweet fruits but it was a touch heavy handed.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect