The Benrinnes distillery (sometimes spelled 'Ben Rinnes') was constructed near the site of an earlier distillery which was built near Whitehouse Farm, Banffshire in 1826. It was perhaps not the most fortunate choice of locations: the first Benrinnes distillery was destroyed by a flood in 1829. Ordinary people might have given up, but not the Scots. Another distillery was constructed nearby in/around 1835. The owner of this new distillery changed several times before John Dewar & Sons acquired Benrinnes in 1922.
Nose: Lychees and passion fruit are immediately present followed by roasted coffee beans and rum-soaked star fruit. Then there are notes of cloudy apple juice and wood char in a massive aroma.
Palate: cocoa, dark chocolate and a wealth of stewing tropical fruit make themselves present at first along with a large helping of spice. When water is added burnt chocolate sponge cake and sweet sherry materializes.
Finish: The finish is ridiculously long with notes of bitter coffee and chocolate biscuits chased with clean, refreshing mint. With time burnt double-chocolate-chip cookie crumbs filter through.
Spirit Type: Single Malt Scotch