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[Quick review] Benrinnes - 16 years old 2007 Cadenhead's in the Courtyard 2023 55.4%

  Picture courtesy of Distillery:  Benrinnes Bottler:  Cadenhead's Age:  16 years old Distilled:  2007 Bottled: 2023 Cask:  ex-Bourbon and Fino since September 2020 Abv:  55.4% Unchillfiltered:  Yes Natural Colour:  Yes Nb of bottles:  n/a Price: Around £70 Extra:  Bottled for Cadenhead's in the courtyard 2023 My tasting notes: Nose:  Sweet, fruity and gently oaky, yellow fruit, peach and apricots, mirabelle plumb jam, nutmeg, candied ginger in dark chocolate, gentle oak spice and hints of citrus, lemon shortbread, toffee, a little char, some sea salt and waxiness too. Very inviting! Palate:  Drying bitterness, slightly briny, underripe olives, 100% dark chocolate, quite astringent and the 55.4% abv is definitely here. There are some sweeter notes in the background but they struggle to get through the 'bitter briny barrier' which makes your eyes squint whilst drawing all the moisture from your mouth and tongue. Looks like this one might ben