Benromach 2010

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peat Smoke
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
59.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Mar 2019 9:57 am by old-smokey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 97.27

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 2010

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.51 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As good, or maybe even better than I hoped. Peat and sherry is a proven combination, although not always executed well. That is not the case here. Once word gets out, I've no doubt that this'll fly of the shelves.
    • Nose
      Oh man, this is rather enticing. Plenty of dry sherry notes, with a good amount of dried red fruits, as well as cherry syrup. But then there's this honey-glazed, meaty, barbecue-esque peat smoke that beautifully cuts through, accompanied by a hint of rubber, which may sounds unattractive, but really does work for me. Great balance.
    • Taste
      Unmistakably Benromach, but sort of on steroids. The earthy peat and furniture polish work great with the dried red fruit, as well as the meaty barbecue smoke. Slightly syrupy and somewhat oily, with a hint of dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Lingering barbecue smoke and soft chocolate. Long.

  2. SweetlakeHP scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Okay, a cask strength peat/sherry combination. Count me in. I see high reviews and people tell me it's a must have.


    The nose is intense. Peppers with some nuts. The sherry is there. A bit of peat but not much else. I expexted some more layers.


    Bleggghh..I've jus ate a car tire wrapped in a well used leather schoolbag. Hideous!


    I don't know what to write. Too much burned rubber. Too much wood. It's a total disaster!
    The nose was promising at first but it's all downhill from there.

  3. Falnor scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    This should be stellar. I really love Benromach and with a peat/ sherry combination at cask strength what else can you ask for?
    Very popular, but still I could try this on two different occasions and both of them had the same outcome.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Right in your face, full flavoured and intense nose. Hot chilli peppers with red apple skins and some walnuts. Lots of dry sherry notes but it lacks depth and fruit. it's more a meaty and wood driven kind. Toffee and dark coffee. A lovely integrated earthy peat.
    • Taste
      73 73
      Oh no! This is just not good. Tar and burned rubber with lots of dry wood. Sawdust, pencil shavings and that in your face scent when you enter a woodshop.
      Sour lemon skin and dried up forest fruit is the best I get that serves as fruit. Leather, grinded coffee beans and vinegar.
    • Finish
      71 71
      Even further from what I hoped it would be. Too much wood, burned caramel, some dusty leather sofas and dried fruit.
      This is a horrible cask! Nothing like the sherry casks of old. No, this is more like a wine treated butt. The colour looks like sherry, but the taste is that from 3 months of sherry coating instead of years of seasoned sherry.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Based on some of the comments here I expected a terrible whisky, but it's pretty ok. On the other hand it isn't very spectacular either. It's also still around €70, which is a ridiculous amount of money for such an average whisky.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry sweetness, dried fruits, quite meaty and nutty with salted peanut and macadamia. Also some smoke and spiciness, but way less than expected. In the background there's something rubbery, though nothing too extreme.
    • Taste
      77 77
      The peat smoke becomes a bit more pronounced, which is a good thing. However, the weird rubber note also starts shifting to the front, almost like chewing a bicycle tube. A high abv, so very spicy and tasting a bit too rough and young; it needs (lots of) water.
      Still, the sherry notes remain somewhat vague and the peppery spiciness very dominant. To me this clearly is the weakest part of this whisky.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Pretty long with a warming alcoholic feel: a syrupy sweetness, chili peppers and some liquorice, espresso and toasted wood notes.

  5. Oogadal scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Dissapointing dram, reminds me of the undrinkable Finlaggan CS from a few years ago. Both nose and taste is very spiritual, like a new make. Cask influence is minimal. To be honest this is not worth pouring a dram, barely drinkable. Scoring this above 80 is impossible, even for a newbie, this is just not good.

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a nice whisky, where surprisingly not only the sherry is in charge. The fire is still very noticeable. I like that. Ansonten but it is rather a more direct malt, yummy, but today at least he does not tempt me to taste flavor.
    • Nose
      Sweet, sticky, sherry, peat smoke, clearly, but not too violent, one senses the typical Benromach smoke profile, fruity, also citrus, juniper, slightly sour, barbecue sauce. The sherry impresses clearly, but does not stick to the malt. The longer you smell, the more reserved the sherry in the overall profile. With water, the nose does not change much, rather less meaningful.
    • Taste
      Pure edible, if strong, here are tart oak notes, sweet, slightly musty sherry and subtle peat. In the end, water does well and makes the malt more harmonious, even if it continues to be delicious, but only with oak, peat, sherry and citrus.
    • Finish
      sweet sherry, bitter oak and a shovel of peat.

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      70 70

  8. MikerG2k scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      76 76

  9. Bam scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The alcohol is very badly involved here, and dominates both nose and on the palate. Beautiful berry notes come through with water. Too dry for my taste. Very strong aromas, but especially on the palate very one-dimensional.
    • Nose
      As expected first smoke and sherry, the smoke is warm, towards BBQ. The sherry brings along red berries, slightly sour, black cherries and currants. Brown sugar. Some umami is there, reminiscent of grilled chicken. Cocoa powder and old leather. Clear herbal note. Even diluted significantly, the alcohol is always unpleasant.
    • Taste
      Dry onset, dried berries, but without sweetness, some smoke, and again herbs.
    • Finish
      Short finish. The smoke and the oak combine to an unpleasant bitter note. Espresso.

  10. Rowald Sweet Empire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Full phatty powered oloroso matured whisky with a typical Speyside peat. It has a bit of Springbankesque funk (rubber/earthy) but I love it. Another piece of proof that Benromach works so well with sherry.


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