Review #74 – SMWS After The Rain 36.102 82/100
A nice single cask ex-bourbon refill bottled at 12 years old and 1 of 228 bottles, this particular example takes a little dilution to be fully appreciated, the aromas and flavours are delicate, yet complex and plentiful.
Poured into a Glencairn, the Benrinnes is the colour of sun-kissed, golden fields of barley, the liquid laces the glass quite nicely producing quite thin legs which run down the glass fairly quickly.
On the nose there is plenty of sweet spice – vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and nutmeg. More sweet aromas of caramel toasted almonds and coconut macaroons. The alcohol is quite heavy and holds back some of the aromas, a few drops of water really helps to open this whisky up, revealing notes of sweet cereals – freshly cut barley, butter shortbread and porridge. There are also delicate notes of roses and mandarin.
On the palate, again, the alcohol can be a little too strong so a little water really brings this whisky to life. Up front there are notes of sweet, nutty desserts – white chocolate Florentines, caramel and walnut roulade, and marzipan. Notes of sweet citrus are also present, similar to that of apricot jam and mandarin cheesecake. The finish is medium dryness with a linger of juicy soft fruits and delicate spices.
A really good example of an refill ex-bourbon single malt. Some of the refill cask whiskies out there can be a little lacking in the full flavour department.