Benrinnes 40 Year Old "Hunter Laing Old & Rare" Single Barrel 42.1% Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 1979 700ml

Benrinnes 40 Year Old "Hunter Laing Old & Rare" Single Barrel 42.1% Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 1979 700ml

$799.99

SKU: 34172

Over the years, I’ve probably purchased more barrels of Benrinnes single malt whisky directly from Scotland, than any other unbranded single malt. Other than the rare direct release from Diageo, Benrinnes exists to supply Johnnie Walker with single malt for its blends, rather than to exist in its own right, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying single barrels of it for thousands of customers over the last decade. When allowed to shine on its own in the very best of expressions, I would put Benrinnes next to Clynelish and Macallan any day of the week, and twice on Sunday. It has an inherent richness and oiliness of fruit that rolls over the palate with weight and texture, permeating the senses with beautiful viscosity and concentration. When I saw we had the chance to purchase a single barrel 40 year expression (from my birth year, no less), I jumped all over it. I was so excited to get the sample bottle, I had difficulty settling down to take it all in. The nose is simply otherworldly: deep, rich aromas of wood, earth, caramel, resin, followed by a softness on the palate that is ghostly in its presence. It's bottled at full proof, but after 40 years it's evaporated down to a natural 42.1%. The texture of this whisky is so delicate it almost floats through your mouth, rising up on the finish for an intense wave of wood oils, stewed fruits, exotic spices, and candied malt. If you want to know what old Highland single malt tastes like without the existence of Sherry, this Benrinnes 40 is like a master’s class. It’s everything that makes four decades in wood worth paying for: that earthy, resinous, oily backbone that only reveals itself in the most mature of whiskies. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I first tasted it, and with only 21 bottles available now, I’m hoping those lucky enough to secure a bottle from Mission will experience a similar sense of awe and admiration. -David Driscoll, Mission Sales Manager

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