An 11-year-old Benrinnes from James Eadie's "Cask Finishes" series, this has seen the inside of a first-fill Pedro Ximenez hogshead.
This was distilled 9 June 2009 and was finished for 7 months in a European oak first-fill Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. Bottled 2020, it was drawn from cask #354550 at 56.1%. The cask yielded 338 bottles.
Benrinnes is a favourite distillery of The Oak Barrel, it can be grassy and light but the use of worm tubs condensors give it a great texture and weight. Always a go-to for indie bottlers and in this case they've matched it to an active PX barrel.
Nose: Just smells like a glass of syrupy PX with a hint of tropical fruit from the spirit hiding behind the sweetness. There’s boiled raspberry sweets, sugar coated almonds and prunes for the sherry heads out there.
Palate: The PX character is very elegant and grapey without having the winey character like some other examples on the market. Prickly malt punches through the sweetness to bring the dram back into the realm of a whisky rather than a sherry. It begins like strawberries and cream lollies and very quickly spins around to be an old and dignified style of whisky with mature oak character.
Finish: As the dried fruit character quickly moves toward, dark chocolate and antique furniture this is the perfect dram for a nightcap.
James Eadie is an independent bottler that takes the name of a 160-year-old brand, named after the famed brewer of the same name. Born 1827, Eadie was perhaps best known for his self-made brewery but also released a brand of blended Scotch, under the Trade Mark “X” brand.
Over 110 years after his death in 1904, Rupert Patrick – a great-grandson of Eadie – has brought the name back with the blend but also a single malt, single cask bottling arm. Patrick had worked form Macleod Distillers, Beam Suntory and Diageo before stepping out on his own and is recognised as a Keeper of the Quaich.
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