Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 132.11

13 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

66 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 21-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.52 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. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I really like this offering, not quite as good as the old 20 year white label but a fresh clean Speyside offering.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. 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.

  5. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      fresh hay!
    • Taste
      86 86
      grassy, floral; intensive, but not very complex
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  7. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The virgin oak is a bit much for me, and not a big boom from a 21 years old whisky unfortunately. 85/86.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Floral. Sherry, honey, citruses, caramel and waxy fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oak, citruses, fruit compote and caramel. Touch of pepper and ginger.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, spicy and fruity.

  8. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Andy-13 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    07.04.2018 Stammtisch in Schifferstadt with Dennis

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    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[-]


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