BenRiach 2005

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 14
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 Aug 2017 2:34 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 124.50

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51 × member ratings

112 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 2005

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.52 points

  1. Hlektrion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like this better than my bottle! This is what I always want Glenfarclas to taste like. It’s richly sherried, spiced, fruity, winey, dirty, and meaty. It is on the sweet side: a bit of a sugar bomb. I poured a glass for my dad, and he repeatedly mentioned how it reminded him of his trip to a sugar factory in the Dominican Republic.
    It’s more balanced than my bottle, which is heavier on the earthy-savoury-spicy notes (as well as, inexplicably, grape jelly). I like it a fair bit more. Another delicious autumn dram.

    Nose: Sweet and sherried. Sponge toffee, brown sugar, and honey, along with freshly-baked apple pie. Lots of that sweet buttery pastry flavor, turning into dark roasted malt. Some raisins, dried apricots, and lemon oil as well. The earthier notes need another minute to emerge, with some roasted peanuts, oak, walnuts, and old pencils appearing after another few minutes. There are even some damp earthy, almost muddy forest-floor notes.
    Another minute there’s a strong note of sautéed mushrooms, as well as some meaty braised beef and dry red wine.

    Palate: Medium texture, with no heat at all. Fairly gentle arrival. Orange, clove, raisins, brown sugar, and softened red berries. Something juicy and vaguely tropical. Develops into rich spices, vanilla, dark fruit, oak, baked berry tart, and more apple pie. Some damp tobacco and a slightly graphite-y flavor. More of the savoury notes here, but not overbearing. Red-wine-braised beef, browned mushrooms, peanuts, and dirt. Lots of interesting black and herbal tea notes on the back.

    Finish: All sweet. Loads of brown sugar and more red wine. Toasted coconut, almonds, vanilla, red grapes, strawberries, white cherries, and tangerine. Mushrooms and orange tea. Lingering apple pie filling and more brown sugar.

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very successful Oloroso barrel ripening, with a grainy note. Due to the high alcohol content, he needs some time.
    I am always pleasantly surprised by single cask bottlings from Benriach.

  4. dramspotter scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    This is a disappointing whisky - the nose is awesome but the sharpness of the Oloroso in the delivery really makes this a disconnected experience for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      juicy fruit, butterscotch, black cherry, apple crumble
    • Taste
      80 80
      sharp and alcoholic
    • Finish
      79 79
      harsh and sharp

  5. jankes scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87


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