Single Malt Aficionados Club


Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The Single Malt Aficionados' Club is dedicated to seeking out and enjoying the rarest and most classic of truly aged malts, has a limit of $139.99, per shipment on the cost for the bottle itself.(Does not include tax and or shipping) That's it. No strings just pure enjoyment.

In June 2015 our members received: 

Benrinnes Exclusive Malts 1997 17 year Cask Strength

Last club we brought you a rising star of the broad Diegeo portfolio, this month we are pleased to bring you a hidden gem from the heart of Speyside. The scotch we have for you is such a hidden gem that Diegeo has not gotten around to making a website for it, sparing this writer from separating relative truth from advertising copy.

The distillery get it’s name from the mountain Ben Rinnes, whose summit is two miles away. Whisky production occurred on a nearby farm in the Speyside before tax records kicked in, but Benrinnes as a single malt concern first began in 1826. We say first began because its location on a flood plain became plainly foolhardy when it was destroyed three years later. Another Scotsman tried again and in 1835 another distillery rose in the area of the original, though thankfully not at the same location. As was often the case in the distillery history of the 1800s, this distillery changed hands a handful of times in the 1800s before being bought in 1922 by John Dewar & Sons. Three years later John Dewar & Sons was absorbed into the precursor of Diageo, where the distillery has stayed until this day. Benrinnes is for the most part used in blends, but fans of Dewar Rattray’s Stronachie take note, Stronachie is a bastard malt (created brand not place) of Benrinnes.

Last club newsletter we talked about the atypical Mortlach and the spirit it produces. This month we have a followup with Benrinnes and its anachronistic distilling setup. The hand-drawn diagram at the left is our understanding of how Benrinnes is distilled and why “partial triple distillation” is the most honest phrase for what is done. Long before reduce, reuse, and recycle became the catchphrase of the day, distillers have worked to maximize their yield. In Benriennes case, since the early 1970s, they have recycled the lower alcohol “tails” from the Wash Still and Spirits Still to do a additional distillation in a separate Low Wines Still. This allows the distillers to capture everything from the flavorful “heads” to the prized “hearts” to the lower alcohol “tails.”

This light and lively Benrinnes has a pale honey color with aromas of baked orchard fruits, light cereal notes, and light baking spices. The palate is moderate in weight making this a quite lovely summer Scotch. The flavors are clean and delineated with pretty orchard fruits and light pepper notes on the finish. At 51.2% alcohol by volume, this needs only a drop of water to bring out its expressiveness.