BenRiach 2005

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
independentspirit.de Exclusive
Added on
26 Jun 2018 4:14 pm by riesenwattwurm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.00

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 2005

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.07 points

  1. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. CST1986 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    If you have a sweet tooth and like whiskies with a heavy sherry influence, this might be a bargain for you. For my taste this is a bit too stickily sweet, overpowering the character of the Benriach spirit and not really very complex. It's good and recommended if you want a dessert malt (and thus worth 84/100 points), but very liqueurish without a counterweight (distillery character or wood spice), which is not what I am looking for in a whisky.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Neat: First good news is that there is no sulphur, but a thick and deep PX nose with grape must, raisins, caramelized nuts, rancio, bitter orange and heavily sweetened coffee. Sweet, straightforward sherry, very clean for this style. If you like this kind of sherry profile, this is great. I'm okay with it, but I would prefer a drier character and a little bit more age in order to balance the thick and sweet sherry influence with some wood spice.

      With water: Nutty, now with a bit of damp earth creeping in, but always with the sweetness present. Oily, fat resinous sherry. Nice, but not very complex.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Neat: Extremely sweet, concentrated and powerful attack, thick cream sherry, almost liqueur-ish. Sun-dried grapes, sweetened almond milk, dates, dried prunes and treacle.

      With water: Didn't really change much. I must say, I preferred it neat despite the strength.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, sweet, with treacle, dates and grapes.

  3. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    oh wow, interesting complex nose, very harmonious combination of sherry with some chocolate caramel.....

    in the mouth surprisingly soft for its 57.6%, fruity and long; takes water very well, the sherry aroma becomes more complex with a hint of pepper/spices in the finish.... long finish considering the age of 12 years...

    all in all very round and easy sippable, really recommended.... 89/90p with a tendency towards 90p especially considering the nice price.


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