BenRiach 2005

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 14
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Port Pipe peated
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
31 Aug 2017 2:33 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 120.27

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 2005

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.30 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    smoked benRiach
    • Nose
      sweet, grassy, smoky and lemony
      woody and malty
    • Taste
      fruity strong, intense on macerated fruits at the corner of the fire, the spices then appear, but do not disturb, we have cooked lemon, and the dry smoke appears with a little meat
      sweetness in the mouth!
    • Finish
      long enough on the same scents with the fruit a little dried, a little rotten, salt, smoke still
      the sensation of overcooked meat continues to linger
      the lemon returns then

  2. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
      Smoky peaty bacon rind grilled, BBQ sauce, spare ribs, beer, sweetness
    • Taste
      78 78
      A lot of sweetness, Parma ham with honeydew melon, alcoholic-smoky, surprising sweetness with a lot of BBQ taste
    • Finish
      78 78
      Sweetness remains, very pleasant, slightly astringent, pleasant presentation,
      Ahle Worscht taste,

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is certainly not a bad malt, but for me the port influence is somewhat artificial and fake. To put it exaggeratedly, the smoke saves the whisky rather than complements it. Now sounds harder than it is. In the nose it works quite well. The smoke and port notes go well together. In the mouth it is somehow inhomogeneous, since the smoke and the port do not really want to connect.

  5. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Color: Wood Varnish

    Nose: There's a definite spicy character from the start. This is peated BenRiach, and you get that it isn't just a straightforward wine cask (port here), but the smoke also isn't incredibly aggressive. It smells more burnt than smoky, so to speak; charred meat, I guess. Not particularly clean on the nose, but also not so wild that I'm liking it for that aspect. Decent. Water doesn't bring out much more for me.

    Taste: Continues. It's not particularly thick or oily. In a dram of this profile, I usually view that as a demerit. Not a priori, but many times in practice. This one would likely work better were it a bit more viscous. You get some of the expected dried fruit, but it's not particularly lush. Not much heat for a 53% ABV dram.

    Finish: A little bit ashy, although not huge.

    Comments: Fall into that range of competent-but-not-exciting malts. I'd have no compunction drinking this every so often, serving it to friends, etc. However, there's not a bunch here that I find compelling. When you're buying these single cask series from Billy Walker distilleries (whichever one he's at for that week), you expect a bit more.

  6. dramspotter scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting. It works pretty well the port and the peat. Side by side I preferred cask 2682 but this is a pretty decent whisky as well.
    • Nose
      peated?, some sickness, resin/herbal
    • Taste
      ow or hidden alcohol, soft; strawberries & cream
    • Finish
      medium; acidity

  7. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    smooth, tasty, but without raisins

  8. coldsun scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Flovor is sweet with notes of grapes and porto. Taste is smoky and little bit tart with notes of dried fruits and porto. Finish is good with elements of sweetness, dried and fresh fruits and grapes.

    The only thing... I expected more. Flavor and taste could be bolder and brighter.

  9. 11insomnium scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nosing: Fruity, smoky, sweet, slightly spicy

    Tasting: Smoky, intense and powerful, mothballs as in Ardbeg TEN, fruity and sweet, spicy

    With water: Fruity, pear, floral

    Comment: Significantly weaker in flavor than BenRiach Peated 2007 Sherry. In the nose weaker than BenRiach Solstice 17, in the taste for more medical smoke. Spicier than BenRiach Peated 2008 Marsala.

  10. Immerenga scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      75 75


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