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Sunday, June 30, 2013

BenRiach Dark Rum Finish 15 Year Old

Lucky me, I have some friends.

Even luckier me…some of them love whisky…and are willing to share!

My buddy Jim had me over to his home a while back and I was able to soak up all the joy that was his Scotch collection.  Tons of paraphernalia, tons of wonderful options…it was like a zip file of Scotch.

A little slice of heaven.

One of the many drams he shared with me was the BenRiach 15 Dark Rum Finish.  Matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks, then finished in casks from Jamaica that were previously used to mature Dark Rum.

We both usually enjoy a rum finish, so it was a nice choice on a chilly evening last winter.

Tasting Notes:

Appearance:  Light Gold

Nose: Sweet and Island-like (tropical) with nutty overtones

Palate:  Bananas, vanilla, fruits, brown sugar

Finish:  Rum, toffee


In a night that saw me drink some of the finest and oldest Scotches I have had to date, it was easy for this one to get lost in the mix.  However, it did make an impact as another in a long line of Rum finished Scotches that I enjoy.  A straight shooter and a fine dram, this one takes care of business.  All in all though, it was just a tad too light for me, and while I respect its complexity, I’d likely go for the Glenfiddich 21 or the Balvenie 14 over this one.

Score:  84

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