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Barry Enters the Darkness On Our Behalf Review

Benrinnes Darkness PX A while back we talked on here about the new Darkness Range from Maverick Drinks of Sherry finished and matured whiskies which added a bit extra to the drams.

After a bad experience with some sherried whiskies recently i've been taking a bit of a break from them and trying to refresh my palate so when a chance discussion with fellow blogger Barry Bradford (@TheWhiskyphiles) of the The Whisky Philes Blog was of guest blogging I was always going to suggest getting him to do the Sherried Drams.

You can find Barry's reviews below

Thanks again to Maverick Drinks for the sample and remember to grab a bottle from Master of Malt if you like the sound of it.

Benrinnes 15 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness) Review

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Benrinnes Darkness Oloroso A while back we talked on here about the new Darkness Range from Maverick Drinks of Sherry finished and matured whiskies which added a bit extra to the drams.

After a bad experience with some sherried whiskies recently i've been taking a bit of a break from them and trying to refresh my palate so when a chance discussion with fellow blogger Barry Bradford (@TheWhiskyphiles) of the The Whisky Philes Blog was of guest blogging I was always going to suggest getting him to do the Sherried Drams.

This Oloroso Benrinnes is the first of two drams in this short guest series and Barry's notes are below.

Thanks again to Maverick Drinks for the sample and remember to grab a bottle from Master of Malt if you like the sound of it.

Barry Said - "I scored this an 85/100; my overriding opinion is there is a lot of the Oloroso sherry character in this (more so than more conventionally 'sherry-finished' whiskies) almost like you have mixed the whisky and sherry in the glass. The fruity Oloroso flavour was prevalent but integrated well with a sweet toffee flavour"

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Treacle, treacle toffee or fudge, figs, Parkin cake with ginger & orange marmalade, elderberries (tart and earthy), walnut, wood polish, cherry liqueur (Kirsch), and cocoa dusted almonds

Palate

Intensely fruity: strawberry, blackberry and plum jam, sweet molasses, zingy ginger spice, treacle with a little burnt/over-caramelised sugar crystals, Christmas pudding flambéed with brandy butter, rich syrupy sherry

Finish

Sweet, Medium/long, with date & walnut cake and dried fruits With water a distinct rubbery/sulphuric (car tyres) was unmasked in the finish - much better straight as this was masked by the fruits

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Benrinnes 15 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish (Darkness)
Age: 15
ABV: 52.90
Distiller: Benrinnes
Bottler: Maverick Drinks
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside
Posted: 12/09/2014 by Barry

Benrinnes 15 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness) Review

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Benrinnes Darkness PX A while back we talked on here about the new Darkness Range from Maverick Drinks of Sherry finished and matured whiskies which added a bit extra to the drams.

After a bad experience with some sherried whiskies recently i've been taking a bit of a break from them and trying to refresh my palate so when a chance discussion with fellow blogger Barry Bradford (@TheWhiskyphiles) of the The Whisky Philes Blog was of guest blogging I was always going to suggest getting him to do the Sherried Drams.

This PX Benrinnes is the second of two drams in this short guest series and Barry's notes are below.

Thanks again to Maverick Drinks for the sample and remember to grab a bottle from Master of Malt if you like the sound of it.

Barry Said - "I also scored this 85/100 though I preferred this one more than the last (my taste in Sherry I think). Again this had distinct sherry character (this time the PX) and was a little more savoury and nutty than the Oloroso cask finish. I didn't try this with water - it went down too quickly/easily as it was."

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Perfumed, sweet and floral sugar syrup, fruit cake mix, plum jam/sauce, cinnamon and star anise spices, raisins and bitter Seville oranges (marmalade oranges)

Palate

Syrupy and sticky sherry mouthfeel, jammy fruits: black and morello cherries, plum, strawberry, date, fig, Seville orange marmalade and bitter hazelnut coffee

Finish

Medium/long, nutty, dried fruits (like Cadburys fruit and nut chocolate bars) a little drying

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Benrinnes 15 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish (Darkness)
Age: 15
ABV: 53.30
Distiller: Benrinnes
Bottler: Maverick Drinks
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside
Posted: 12/09/2014 by Barry

Macallan 15yr PX Cask Finish (Darkness) Review

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Macallan 15 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish A while back we talked on here about the new Darkness Range from Maverick Drinks of Sherry finished and matured whiskies which added a bit extra to the drams.

After a bad experience with some sherried whiskies recently i've been taking a bit of a break from them and trying to refresh my palate so when a chance discussion with fellow blogger Barry Bradford (@TheWhiskyphiles) of the The Whisky Philes Blog was of guest blogging I was always going to suggest getting him to do the Sherried Drams.

There were also a couple of Benrinnes that Barry reviewed for us, the PX cask and Oloroso cask finish.

Thanks again to Maverick Drinks for the sample

Barry Said - "I scored an impressive 89 points. More-sherried than usual Macallans and well done too"

Tasting Notes & Details

Nose

Nutty, figgy, sweet, sherry trifle, hundreds and thousands, walnut, hazelnut, brazil nut and pecan, rich fruitcake, raisin, like walking into a tobacconists or opening a cigar box, proper rolling tobacco (Golden Virginia brand), Paula was convinced she could smell her Grandpa's pipe smoke in here too!, cereal barley malt, leather book bindings a little well-thumbed.

Palate

Orange zest, fruity, again nutty with walnut and hazelnut latte, mocha, some tang or spice to it - more so than orange zest, chocolate - rich and dark, cigar boxes, tobacco leaf, tobacconists, old leather armchairs

Finish

Long, spiced, sweet and nutty, mouth-watering and dark dried fruits

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Macallan 15yr PX Cask Finish (Darkness)
Age: 15
ABV: 52.30
Distiller: The Macallan
Bottler: Maverick Drinks
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside
Posted: 15/10/2015 by Barry





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