Benromach 10-year-old

Overall rating
83.26/100
votes
431
Whiskybase ID
WB10383
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
JI/AGCJ
Barcode
5020613023680
Added on
18 sep 2009 7:23 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 111.71

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431 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Benromach 10-year-old

56 users have left 62 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.26 points.

  1. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    An all-round successful single malt that stands out from the typical Speyside flatterers with its robust, spicy and slightly smoky maltiness. Subtle sherry notes round off the overall package. Delicious!
    • Nose
      A distinctly malty basic orientation with delicate peat smoke, ripe red apples and a little orange bring the necessary fruity accents into play, which prevents too strong a focus on the grain notes, wood aromas are also recognizable, but no brute oak wood club, but a spicy background mood, Cedar oil, vanilla and butterscotch, subtle aromas of raisins and plums keep popping up from the back room, wildflower honey, heather, a hint of sage, mild spices play a small supporting role, mace, scattered fennel seeds, minimal aniseed, a very round and well-balanced one overall smell
    • Taste
      Seems a bit thin and quite soft when it arrives, but the hearty malt quickly builds up with the delicate peat-smoky accompaniment, roasted spiced bread, oranges and ripe apples are also on board again, a little wild cherry, the oak now has a much more robust body, brings but hardly any bitterness comes into play, cedar wood, viscous spicy wildflower honey, candied ginger, vanilla, toffee, raisins, a small piece of date has been mixed in, a little black pepper, nutmeg
    • Finish
      Still medium length, roasted malt has the initiative, a last oak greeting is presented with hardly recognizable bitterness, lots of honey and crumbly storage apples follow, the one or the other raisins, heather, nutmeg, then quite peppery for a short time, forming a delicate peaty aftertaste with subtle minerality from

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  3. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. tribe scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    It's OK, but found it very average, but doesn't tolerate long opening hours. Again, malt, smoke (from the barrel?), Sweetness and hazelnut or wood
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. Malthead19 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    - an honest, decent malt with rough edges
    - not really suitable for beginners, strong character
    - at around 40 € not cheap for a 10 year old standard bottling, but definitely worth drinking
    • Nose
      Sherry, light smoke, cedar wood, spicy note
    • Taste
      strong start, sherry, some smoke, clear wood note, oak, still slightly burning alcohol taste, very special. Aftertaste, towards liquorice
    • Finish
      strong, medium-long finish;
      long finish with spice and dry sherry

  6. ishi scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Candied fruits, smoke, toffee, good malt. Sweet, smooth, pleasantly peppery. Balanced, without jambs

  7. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. A861 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    An interesting, intense, well-made Speyside malt; packed in a valent, copper-colored tin box!
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      spicy note, sweetness, sherry, subtle smoky note;
    • Taste
      strong alcoholic onset, noticeable wood note, oak, sherry aromas, fine smoke;
    • Finish
      medium long strong finish; Sweetness, spice and smoke fade away;

  10. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great combination of vanilla, sherry, fruit and light sooty peat smoke. Very nicely done.

  11. whiskyd scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      60 60
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      78 78

  12. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. Calmar scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant, light spacer with unexpected smoky impregnations, on the whole quite harmoniously fitting into the overall picture, quite dense and saturated for its fortress.
    • Nose
      Warm, dry, sun-heated board, wood dust, salted fish, light smoke, lemon, flower tones, caramel.
    • Taste
      Bitter, cool, oak-peppery, smoky notes, coal, lemon, fruit candied fruits.
    • Finish
      Soft, light smoke, lemon, weak oak bitterness, lemon peel, little warming ginger, herbal sour.

  14. Oloroso-Butt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. whiskyinstitut did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge@whiskyfun.com

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/2017/Benromach-whisky-and-wines.html

  16. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This Benromach would have done 46% really well, then he could have become one of my absolute favorites. Thus, a slight aura obscures the for a ten-year impressively complex flavor palette. But that is lamentation on a very high level - the Benromach is definitely a very balanced, full-bodied and exciting whisky that needs some time and with which you can then go on a long journey of discovery.
    • Nose
      Apricots, applesauce, almonds, marzipan, ripe bananas, salt, greasy seasoning, restrained smoke, brown cane sugar,
    • Taste
      43% are not very much, but still a herbaceous spicy onset, light smoke, astringent dryness, fruity creamy sweetness, tart spices such as cardamom, nutmeg, slight ginger sharpness
    • Finish
      Then you notice the low alcohol content more clearly, it gets watery and quickly slips from the palate, a little tart spiciness stays a little longer.

  18. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. mer1973 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  20. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Even if the notes may sound boring - they've just done well, solid, medium smoky whisky (32 € at the end of 2013).
    • Nose
      Jacket after a long evening in a smoker's pub ... but it evaporates quickly, then mild, dry smoke, ashes ... nutty, woody, slightly spicy
    • Taste
      Here the smoke is a bit sweeter, more organic, caramel, nut, tobacco, leather
    • Finish
      medium long, spicy, slightly smoky-bitter

  21. maltaholic scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    smells very nice, without irritation, oak, spicy. But a first sip is burning on the tongue, again the seasoning, cloves. OK.

  22. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    To tell the truth, I did not expect much, but it is important to recognize that the rest is up to par. Clearly an excellent value for money and beyond that an interesting malt that makes you want to discover the rest of the production of Benromach.
    • Nose
      Peat light and quite different from that which can be found on Islay. It's drier, less oily, and certainly less repulsive for those who do not like it. Otherwise I find peaches in syrup, a side a little malty and vegetal but the whole is quite melted and can be a little too light ... It lacks a little depth.
    • Taste
      Peat is much less present than nose, or almost absent. Surprising. A rather heavy body, a little oily. stewed fruit, and a little more dryness at the end of the mouth. The mouth is well above the nose.
    • Finish
      A long finish, more peaty than the mouth. A lot of sugar and overripe fruit.

  23. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Well this one is a challenge to map, and maybe not the most pleasant of challenges. There is something about leafy, vegetal, ferny, sour notes that do not appeal to my frail and orchidaceous palate. 
    • Nose
      Initially, dry peat and dry industrial smoke, with a fruity subtext. Give it time and you will be rewarded. Dark fruit will dominate, with an undercurrent of smoke and peat.
    • Taste
      All over the place. There is a watery-sweet arrival that will linger throughout the development and into the finish. As the sweetness subsides (still lingering though) there is a chalky dryness that precedes the mild spice. Then the peat chimes in, itself transitioning into a leafy or vegetal sourness. A jack-of-all-trades.
    • Finish
      Sustained. The sweetness is still there, but the drying vegetal note dominates along with some lingering smoke.

  24. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This was love at the first sight... well, nose.
    The balance between the maturation and the distillery character is great. It has sweet notes deriving from sherry (and its not coated with it), vanilla from bourbon cask; quite subtle smokiness, and understated farmyard notes. The distillate is extremely characterful, rich maltiness, faint smokiness, is total harmony.2015.06.09.

  25. Vince scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Exceptional quality/price ratio.  Massive kudos to G&M

  26. molar3rd scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Golden

    Nose: When i first smelled it i was very surprised by the smokiness and earthy peatiness. I was expecting some peat but not at those levels (Speyside after all!!) Some leafy aromas are also detected, and a hint of dried fruit, but subtle. All in all, a great nose.

    Palate : Hide and seek of vanilla / malty sweetness. As it develops the smoky peatiness described in the nose is coming through. Earthy smoke, but not quite aggressive as Islay peated malts tend to be. Nice interplay.

    Finish : Medium length finish, dominated by the vanilla and smoky notes which in time turns into distant smoke hints.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2010/03/02/quick-dram-benromach-10-peated-speysider/

     

  27. ApricotOne scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A whisky that offers a lot. Not easily accessible, complex and interesting for his age.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  28. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Extraordinary. 10 years old, but with complexity. This is a complete whisky. Add water for more taste. Take time for more nose. Non-chillfiltered, natural colour, 43% ABV. Great presentation. I am looking out for the cask strength version!
    • Nose
      No water - sweet, dark fruits. Complete. Malty.
      With water - malty sweetness. Summer flowers. Wood.
    • Taste
      No water - busy arrival. Covers the tongue. Development is Sweet. Salty. Citrus. Bitter. With water - clear, spicy arrival. Lies on the tongue. Prolonged development of sweetness; floral, fruity, confectionary. Complex.
    • Finish
      With and without water the finish is medium long of pronounced citrus lemon. And lemon rind.

  29. Rom scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    We immediately feel the Sherry nose, very slightly acetic, the smoke is very thin, barely noticeable. Tart and honey-colored palate, vanilla, light texture. Medium final slightly bitter. Basic, ok.

  30. ARMINUS scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    No "easy drinking" whisky. The rather earthy, "dirty" level lacks a fruity, sweet antipode.
    • Nose
      Light smoke, nuts, salted coffee, light tobacco, seafood. No fine, elegant nose, rather dirty but not uninteresting. Almost no fruits. The alcohol could be better integrated.
    • Taste
      Sharp start, again tobacco (medium-strength cigar), herbaceous, spicy, pleasantly bitter, salty, no sweetness.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. Salinity, earthiness continues. Smoke still marginally noticeable.

  31. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A great OB in my opinion. Not the usually simple and easy whisky. It's tastes like one from a different era, where a farmy, slighty fruity and peaty whisy was made. More body and complex as an Ardmore traditional, less one sided like a laphroaig 10.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. webdiver scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  33. ThS scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The bottle has been open for several months and my rating goes from 82 to 87. It is a very good whisky, full of old and nostalgic things. Old school certainly, but that's the class too.

  34. Tomh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  35. Alex scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Delicate wood smoke gives it finesse, the rest is a solid, classic made and well balanced Speysider (vatting of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon). Nice sweetness, quite some citrus fruits with a fresh grassy side. All very good!

  36. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  37. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rounded sweet maltiness, citrus, sherry and bourbon oak
    • Taste
      Spicy, complex with some sweet, bitter, sour and salty notes
    • Finish
      Long, some peat, sweet

  38. Cast Olila scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      83 83

  39. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The burn is more than I fancy, but it does not change the fact that it is an interesting whisky, plus the good value of Benomach's tradition.
    • Nose
      Pleasantly fresh, malted fruity, with a slightly smoky to iodine curl. Olive, vanilla, citrus and nuts. Such an interesting allure. (84 b)
    • Taste
      Malt, chocolate, wood. Burned dry, burnt toast. I feel bitter and smoky in the flavor, I feel the boil on my tongue long after tasting. (83 b)

  40. kulideli scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: sherry, campfire smoke, pear, vanilla, citrus, dark berries, woody, walnut, chocolate, liquorice, gums;

    Taste: dry, smoke like smoked smell (butcher), some sweetness, sherry, strong, chocolate, slightly peppery;

    Finish: medium, with sherry, oak, medicinal smoke, light with light licorice, fruits and some sweetness;
    Conclusion: A smoker, who does not come from the island. My first of its kind, delicious! The older bottlings are certainly more interesting!

  41. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I can fully agree with the description of Yvain, only I give one point less. 83 points

    (je suis entièrement d'accord avec the discription commoncé par Yvain, mais une point de moins)

    (Yvain, with the exception of one point less in the score)

  42. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A good product, rather well done and good value for money.
    • Nose
      a discreet nose, slightly sherry, which gradually develops aromas of fresh walnut, hazelnut, caramel, but also woody notes, cut grass, and green fruits. Also a little side "bailey's".
    • Taste
      The first attack is quite bitter. It's young, woody, vanilla, a little green apple. But there is a nice sherry side (caramel, praline, milk chocolate, mocha). It is a bit dry though.
    • Finish
      Medium, on wood and dried fruits.

  43. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sharper nose than the Organic. The sherry influence is obvious with some faint chocolate and dried fruits. But there's is also some green apple in the background, along with some spices and a tiny bit of peat smoke.
    • Taste
      Lot of barley accompanied by raspberries and a bit of ginger. Not as smooth as I hoped for.
    • Finish
      Nice medium finish. Influenced by the sherry casks to go with some delicate peat smoke.

  45. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A nice entry level even if lack of body and complexity
    • Nose
      Fruity pastry
    • Taste
      Sweet, easy but sweet
    • Finish
      short

  46. ThS scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Bottle opening ...
    • Nose
      Something malty, sweetish and a little sickening to my taste. What dominates are the meaty flavors: various broths or pot-au-feu. Wood, old rustic furniture, which has known wax and varnish. A fishing note, the kind of peach aroma, not very natural ... smoke but as posed next. Not balanced, I find, nor seductive. All this is very blend ... with chemical fishing and more.
    • Taste
      Better than a blend for the body: oily, full, round, sweet and salty. Meaty aromas, a little smoke, a lot of wood and always this fishing in a little more marked.
    • Finish
      Smoked peach. Malt meat. But it's not bad at all in the final. The aromas came together.

  47. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sweet fruit, vanilla and soft peat smoke all combine to produce a treat for the nose. A touch of oiliness in there too. Water didn`t do much to change the profile of the nose, but brought out additional minerals and smoke on the palate. Long, warming finish with soft peat smoke lingering on. I really like this style of whisky (and greatly look forward to older Benromachs with this profile...the palate of the 10yo still felt quite young), essentially combining the best traits of fruity speyside and smoky island malts. Great value for such a drinkable dram. 
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  48. I_SPEY scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: dry with a little barley, very present malt and wood (oak), slightly fruity and spicy.

    Taste: barley, barley and barley, slightly herbal, soft fruity, again the malt and some ginger.

    Finish: something sweet and bitter at the same time, again with the ginger. Beautiful, lovely taste!

    Comment.: Good whisky!

  49. Sonett scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peaty nose with light vanilla. A bit oily and immature
    • Taste
      Peaty, sweet and light tones of vanilla and white fruits
    • Finish
      Medium long

  50. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    from http://www.drankgigant.nl/sterke-drank/whisky/benromach-10-years-klein.html
    • Nose
      On the nose open rich sherry notes associated with mouthwatering delicious fruit and nut flavors. Delicious notes of spices, such as cinnamon and cloves, and green apples, malt, biscuit and a slight hint of peat aromas give more depth and complexity.
    • Taste
      The real festival of Benromach 10 Year begins on the palette, a spectacle for the taste buds. A blissful combination of woodland berries like raspberries and blueberries associated with influences of sherry and creamy malt, an intense peat undertone keeps everything together.
    • Finish
      Good taste and long lasting. The sweet sherry flavor long lasting and at the end accompanied with a delicate peat flavor.

  51. Master Quill scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Scored the new 2012 batch and found it to be a stunning el cheapo whisky. I was quite surprised.

  52. Igor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Solid, savoury, harmonious dram, which is effortless to drink neat. Benromach 10 y.o. should be listed as a sound bang for the buck henceforth. Recommended.
    • Nose
      Leathery, cereal, hint of smoked foods, fresh greenery, white apple, mint in the background, common soap. Floral light sweetness shows up subsequently, darker barley sugar notes and candied fruits.
    • Taste
      Hot and spicy, but well-balanced. Caramel, jalapeño (chilli pepper), black pepper, honey, milk chocolate. Ironically enough, it has a clean silky-smooth texture.
    • Finish
      Of a medium length. An expressive, vivid lingering aftertaste. Quite satisfactory in the main.

  53. DramWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Balance: (24/25)  Balance is almost spot on, the flavors almost get along too well, but they form an incredibly cohesive dram.
    • Nose
      (21/25) Warm sherry notes, mixed with a nice light touch of peat smoke, makes for a very warm and comforting aroma. Has a very deep richness to it, lots of roasted nuts, and spices, laden with buttery syrup.  Very pleasant just not complex. 
    • Taste
      (18/25)  Very sweet, and buttery, lots of peanut brittle, and a slight vegetal astringency. Nice but somewhat average.
    • Finish
      (23/25)Very woody, the spices from the sherry really coming out and shining, just a touch of extra dryness from peat.

  54. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: nice sherry influence, raisins, cinnamon, tropical fruits and biscuit
    T: dry, forest fruits, and the tropical fruits again - kiwi and pineapple
    F: great finish with pepper, again drying, fruits and wood smoke

  55. hsmithjr scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Maple syrup.  New spirit and fir. Malted barley.  Sugar cookies. 
    • Taste
      Dry.  Fresh cut hay.  Cereal, or multigrain bread.  Hints of dried figs (Persian style). 
    • Finish
      Soft and sweet.  IPA beer.

  56. Feusi scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    This new release from Benromach represents a milestone, as it is the first bottling of spirit distilled entirely under the ownership of Gordon & MacPhail, who resurrected the silent Speyside distillery in 1998. It comprises 80 per cent whisky which has been matured for nine years in ex-Bourbon casks, and 20 per cent from former Sherry wood. The sum total was then matured for a final 12 months in ex-Sherry casks.

  57. Feusi scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Good example of a so called "standard" bottling
    • Nose
      Grassy, some hot spices (pepper & ginger) but also dried fruits and a bit toffee.
    • Taste
      It starts sweet and comes to spicy notes, some citrus fruit ans even a hint of a nice smoke.
    • Finish
      Rather medium to long finish with some dried fruits and a spicy wooden smoke.

  58. mmaclean scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The first 10 year old release containing whisky produced entirely by the
    new owners. I love the interplay here between the malt, sherry, and
    smoke, with all getting a chance to shine. A rich vanilla-tinged malty
    foundation, deep caramel, rhum agricole, an array of lush fruit
    and dark chocolate, along with grassy/hay notes, honeysuckle, subtle
    spice (cinnamon, anise), and lingering earthy smoke. A vast improvement
    from the “Origins” release last year. I would only make three changes to
    make this whisky even better (and elevate it to 90+ status): a couple
    more years on oak, bottling at 46%, and not chill-filtering it. Still,
    this is one of the best efforts from this distillery. Well done!

  59. mikkellund42 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Very pleasant and balanced. Not dominant in any flavours, so it can easily be enjoyed by the untrained as well as the experience whiskydrinker.
    • Nose
      Wood, dried fruits, honey, pepper
    • Taste
      Initial sweet and medium bitter, then heavy bitter and salt
    • Finish
      Full with many nuances popping up. Hints of honey, pepper, salt, sulfur, smoke and tar.

  60. Lapsang Leaf scored this whisky 60 points Member Junior

    BenRomach never seem to cut the grade, which is a shame as their company policies are so good.
    • Nose
      Treacle, toffee and spice.
    • Taste
      Generic, sadly.
    • Finish
      -

  61. karloff scored this whisky 72 points Specialist

    Never had Benmorach before and i was pleasantly suprised because i have never fancied it. Nice and smooth and well made. I will look forward to tasteing other ranges of this malt.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      60 60

  62. karloff scored this whisky 72 points Specialist

    Had this malt on the way back from Inverness. I bought it in Benmorach distillery visitors centre after the tour. A nice Distillery i recomend it.
    • Nose
      A nice peat nose but not to strong. Also the smell of fruit and spice.
    • Taste
      The taste is sweet and salty and the fruit marries well with the peat.
    • Finish
      A medium finish and very nice it is.

  63. eilers scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I just love Benromach, it's such a nice whisky, and it's very good to serve to a person who is tasting whisky for the first time.

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