Colour: pale gold.
Nose: surprise-surprise, there’s something of the old ‘tropical monsters’ in this nose at first sniffs. It’s not exactly an extravaganza of passion fruits and pineapples but I do get bananas and, maybe, tinned pineapples. It’s also rather grassier than the oldies, there’s even quite some menthol in the background as well as a slight flintiness. Also liquorice wood? Also the vanilla’s getting louder over time. With water (although water isn’t obligatory): more, much more (natural) vanilla.
Mouth (neat): rich and creamy, with something of a bourbon Balvenie (is that the yellow plums? Apricots?) and plenty of acacia honey (as opposed to strong, very aromatic honeys) and corn syrup. Maybe marshmallows too and then a little white pepper and more grassy tones. A little green curry, cardamom… With water: it’s the rounded sweetness that wins and now some oranges and tangerines make it through.
Finish: medium long, clean, citrusy. Lime in the aftertaste. Comments: a playful, easy Benriach, very entertaining and very sippable. Good body.