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.
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.