- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 21 years old
- Bourbon, Virgin Oak, PX and Red Wine Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 10 Dec 2017 10:20 am by Candide
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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 21-year-old
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.44 points
- 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.
- A complex whisky with so many different levels and dimensions. Not a big fan of the extra malty finish but a good malt nonetheless.
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.
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.
Very malty, quaker oats and a lingering sour oak note and orange peel. A very long finish.
grassy, floral; intensive, but not very complex
- The virgin oak is a bit much for me, and not a big boom from a 21 years old whisky unfortunately.
Floral. Sherry, honey, citruses, caramel and waxy fruits.
Oak, citruses, fruit compote and caramel. Touch of pepper and ginger.
Medium length, spicy and fruity.
- 07.04.2018 Stammtisch in Schifferstadt with Dennis
Benriach isn’t a malt I visit that often. Depending on your views & experience, they are either one of the most innovative or one of the more controversial distilleries with regard to their progressive finishes. I forget which specific whiskysponge.com article it was now, but it included the line “as I was running out of inventive ways to spoil perfectly good casks of 1970s Glenglassaugh and Benriach,…”.
This is Rachel Barrie’s first ‘outing’ since acquiring the post of master blender for The Benriach Distillery Company in 2017. This 21yo involves a four-cask maturation including a red wine finish - Rioja I have heard. More scant notes:
N: Refined barley sponge, sweet lemon cake,..
T: [No notes]
F: [No notes]
C: Comes across as a malt with no obvious silly business, despite the Rioja & PX cask usage. Really decent session whisky presented with the dullest bottle livery.Scores a B[-]