Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon, Virgin Oak, PX and Red Wine Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
10 Dec 2017 10:20 am by Candide

Average value

€ 144.17

25 × in wishlist

122 × member ratings

212 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 21-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.04 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    First Achievement

    This new 21 years old release from BenRiach was one of the first achievements of Master Blender Rachel Barrie, when she joined the company after leaving Morrison-Bowmore. For the compostion, she used no less than 4 types of casks: bourbon, virgin oak, PX sherry and red wine casks (if memory serves, Rioja).

    The nose is very sweet and a touch floral, but wonderfully waxy. Think honey square over white and yellow fruit. Apple, lemon and a hint of banana. Cake. White chocolate. Close to candy-like.

    Creamy body and perfect drinking strength. The sweet notes of the nose return, but are joined by a feisty spiciness. Chili pepper, ginger, toasted oak. The virgin oak rears it head. Peppered fruit salad, if you know what I mean.

    The finish is medium long, mildly spicy and sweet on yellow fruit.

    Not bad at all, but if the label had said 11 years instead of 21, I would still have believed it. I had hoped for a bit more for my 80th encounter with BenRiach. Around 125 EUR.

  2. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A complex whisky with so many different levels and dimensions. Not a big fan of the extra malty finish but a good malt nonetheless.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Stewed apples and pears, very much in Speyside and very much in a cottage kitchen. A malty note arrives, there's a dustiness there, and a slight spice creeping in. A slight nutty note but the spice is beginning to take over.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet on the arrival, still on those orchard fruits with plenty of green apples and Williams pears. The fruit note transcends and darkens, it changes to stewed red apples, fruit compote and a berry notes. Ginger is present on the tongue. A little honey but also some sour notes coming through, orange peel.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Very malty, quaker oats and a lingering sour oak note and orange peel. A very long finish.

  4. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      53 53

  5. DistiLesha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very balanced, sweet, ladies' whisky. A good example for those who want to get acquainted with whisky for the first time, so as not to scare off and show the whisky in all its glory!
    • Nose
      Fruit and candy blast of sweetness, quince, ripe tangerines
    • Taste
      Montpensier lollipops, pineapples, minerality, grain tones, quince, peach marmalade, flower meadow honey
    • Finish
      Light enveloping woodiness, very elegant and unobtrusive.

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  8. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  10. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F20 B21


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