This Benrinnes 16 Year Old we’ve bottled exclusively for The Single Malt Whisky Club, is from our limited edition range that focuses on unrepeatable releases that have each undertaken our signature liquid transformation in sherry octaves (just an eighth the size of a sherry butt) that makes the Darkness range beloved by whisky fans all over the world. The first batch of the new Darkness limited editions in summer 2020 sold out almost instantly and included whiskies from distilleries such as Ardbeg, Linkwood, Dailuaine and Lochindaal. There have been 9 successful limited-edition series since.
Benrinnes is meaty, nutty and rich from partial triple distillation and use of wormtub condensers. It’s the glue of many of Diageo’s blended whiskies for good reason and it is a make that takes sherry maturation very well. The particular cask we assigned for this special limited edition Darkness release was Pedro Ximenez and they were well suited for the spirit giving those sweet fruity characters we expect and love from PX.
Nose: Milk chocolate digestive biscuits, freshly brewed coffee and a little wood char before dried apricots, and dense figgy pudding
Palate: Dense & mouthfilling. Full of dark syrupy fruits, moist chocolate brownie laced with walnuts & cherries, deep oak, spice and a touch of wood smoke.
Finish: Long, complex and immensely satisfying with lingering sweet baking spice
Sam Simmons – Head Honcho of Whisky at Darkness (and That Boutique-y Whisky Company as well for that matter), known throughout the industry as ‘Dr Whisky’ had this to say:
“BEN-RIGHTEOUS!!!…… BOOF!…. LET’S BOTTLE!!”
Darkness is a collection of intensely sherried whiskies from Atom Supplies. Atom are responsible for a number of highly sought after spirit brands including ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ and ‘That Boutique-y Rum Company’.
The backbone of the Darkness brand are specially hand-coopered octave or quarter casks for a hugely increased surface area to volume ratio. These tiny 64l vessels result in the liquid yielding maximum richness and depth plus an alluring 100% natural red, amber colour.
Their flagship bottling – Darkness 8 Year Old – has won various accolades since launching in 2019, including Double Gold at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Gold Medals at the 2020 and 2021 World Whiskies Awards, and 96 points from the IWSC in 2021 and 2022.
Every whisky in the Darkness range has undertaken their signature maturation of 6 months in sherried octave cask, rewarding the drinker with an unparalleled richness and depth of flavour. The kind that can only be achieved by the liquid to wood ratio in octave cask maturation.