Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail The Book of Kells Benrinnes 21 Years Old

[40.0%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1968・Bottled Circa 1989・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release]

Nose:

Strawberries and raspberries swirled with light cream. Fresh grassiness carrying white pepper and minerals. Clean citrus, stone fruits, lime twists and oranges with mild strokes of toffee, creme brûlée and vanilla sugar and perhaps hint of cigarettes.

Palate & Finish:

Just like the nose forebodes, strawberry jam and orange marmalade, delicate barley sugar lightly dressed up by some cinnamon spices on a velvety smooth delivery. The maple syrup comes with just a hint of raspberry acidity to stop the dram from being excessively sweet.

Subtle suggestions of toffee and boiled strawberries elongating for a graceful finish.

Thoughts:

I haven’t tasted enough from this distillery to say for sure, but this feels decisively different from current iterations. There is more of this generic Speyside elegance on the soft side, a little flair would elevate the dram even further, other than that I can’t really point to a flaw..

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas