BenRiach 2007 - Peated

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 15
Stated Age
10 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Jun 2018 8:57 am by Immerenga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 125.47

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 2007 - Peated

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.67 points

  1. Lakerfield scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This one went beyond my expectations to be honest. Neither the sherry cask nor the peat overwhelm the whole thing and that is a hard thing to accomplish. Sidenote: the peat is, shouldn't be a surprise, stronger in the first half of the bottle. The sweet spot is beyond the 50% fill level marker as the peat lost a bit of its punch there. Not that I didn't enjoy the first half of this bottle, no, but the magic definitely takes place in the second half. Therefore not an 89, but an 88. One of the more enjoyable peated whiskies I've had!
    • Nose
      A very smokey one and not so medicinal. Rather fruity and jammy behind the curtain of smoke. Multivitamin juice basically! Lots of strawberry, apple, passion fruit, orange peel, raisin, grapefruit, cranberry and lemon zest. Complex sweetness further on with milk chocolate brownie, caramel, warm apple pie, nougat, sultana, sour cream and rice pudding. Malt, pepper, vanilla, wax, tobacco, salted pistacchio and walnut add some balance to the structure. Now, the smokey elements. Bbq sauce, vinegar, smoked bacon, Chinese takeaway, brine, mushroom. Smoke encapsuled by a minty note (is cold or cool smoke a thing?), vegetal peat, soot and ash. Perhaps some aged tawny port too, or a good Oloroso, I'm not sure.Intensely concentrated aromas and yet keeping a near perfect balance. Peat will always be a prominent note, but that is tamed very well here.
    • Taste
      A little sharpness from the ABV and it leans more to the nutty Oloroso side this time. Oily mouthfeel, more peat-focused and it leaves out some fruits. This is taking some interesting turns. Less fruit but not in terms of intensity with apple, tangerine, grapefruit, overripe banana, maraschino cherry and rose water.
      Lots of milk chocolate, praline, cream, salted caramel, baklava, cookie dough and a little Dutch licorice. Further on malt, vanilla, pepper, ginger, tobacco, mint oil and pine with a big presence of walnut and pistacchio. Balsamic vinegar, pork chops and crispy bacon make this dram easy to pair with a nice bbq. Peat of course, smoke, ash, ointment, moss, shoe polish and soot. A little less balanced than the nose but that can be fixed with some drops of water. Could be the age. No further complaints actually, this is how I like my peat 'n sherry.
    • Finish
      Dry, smokey and meaty. Bacon with salted caramel and PX sauce.

  2. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Right away, the magnitude of the Oloroso. Wet leather, young tree bark, a hint of iodine, pine honey, dried lavender, cashew nuts, hazelnuts. Cereals, wheat in the sun, barley, a few stalks of hay. With the addition of water, it becomes a little more greedy, on the cake, the hot chestnut. Very woody mouth, still on dried fruits, nuts, apricots. Spices, cumin, nutmeg, pepper. Black radish. Truffles in the earth, mahogany, cinnamon. A bit of bitter wood. Very long finish, green tea, roots. Chocolate, tobacco, dry biscuit.

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

  3. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    dry smoke, seaweed and heather desiccated by sea spray and the sun, salt
    chocolate, honey, wood, very pleasant nose
    iodine, fire-smoked pine bark, very vegetal, sweet, pine resin, black fruit, candied and browned in the pan, wine syrup cooked and stuck in the bottom of the pan , well-toasted caramel, grilled almonds, hazelnuts too and the slightly spicy spices that amplify this sensation.
    honeyed, nutty, smoky, woody, sweet, caramelized, bacon fats on the barbecue;

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      warm smoke, pine needles, burnt pine needles, resin, my mind landed right back in my youth by a campfire, coniferous wood, some earth, maybe a few nuts, fruit or sweetness I can't really find
    • Taste
      Dried herbs, old wood, some wild berry jam, nuts, grapefruit, burnt meat, pepper, ash

  5. JFX scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Extra sausage!

  6. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A well made peated Benriach. Don't think about the distillery character of the unpeated variant. This is rather on wood smoke (lapsang), heather honey, almond/marzipan, just a hint of dried fruit and a bit of spice. So maybe a bit narrow in terms of variety, but it offers quite some intensity.
    • Nose
      It's this combination of peat and sherry which results in a rubber note, like bicycle tube and even a bit of plaster. Yet there is a lifted note of heather and honey. Further there are wood shavings, wood smoke, date and almond.
    • Taste
      Rather rounded, medium to full-bodied, with a warming finale. Its very winey-nutty-smoky. The nutty side gets more present, with marzipan. Next there is heather honey, wood smoke, bacon, white tobacco, date and a dash of pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium, certainly not too sweet which is good in my opninion. There is more bacon and wood smoke now (a bit like lapsang tea). Still fairly nutty with marzipan and walnut. A bit of gentian dryness, with just a bit of pepper.

  7. HW74 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Like his half brother, the Benriach Heavily Peated Single Cask Port Pipe from 2008, he also likes it very much.
    Both need some time in the already opened bottle until they show their full potential. In the glass too.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Cold smoke, greasy, yellow and red fruits, a breeze of salt.
      I am thinking of ripe apricots, strawberries, salt biscuits, freshly cut ginger, leather, cold smoked meat.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Intense, oily texture. Fills the whole mouth. Then fruits, a little vanilla, salt, very similar to the nose.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, intense. Between the fruits, the salt and the leather comes a bit of bitterness, which also fits well, reminds me of a red wine matured in a wooden barrel.
      Overall, a very successful whisky, although the Port Pipe tastes even better. Looking forward to a direct comparison of the two single Casks from the same house.

  8. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88


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