Review #513. Benriach 18yr Tawny Port Single Cask Astor

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.


Distiller: Benriach

Bottler: Benriach

ABV: 55.5% ABV

Age: 18 Years

Bottle #: 424 of 837

Barrel: #5967

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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Decoded:

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


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