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

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.44 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 sort of 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
      76 76
      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
      79 79
      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. Captain Teague scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    The nose starts good - sweet, herbal cinnemon, rosemary, sweet plums and cherry, a muffiness some sulfur :( . Mouth: First sweet and fruity grapes ? then instantly Sour Lemon, pickles salty, ash leather...pepper alc? i add some more water and bäää intense burned plastik taste in the nose and taste idk if its me but this sucks now - i think i need some laphroaig 10 CS to get that ugly taste out of my mouth. I start to realize that some of this stuff is brought out in cask strength cause the they dont want to ruin their standards after adding water...Still neat with some very few drops of water its ok - but not more. I rated this very high when I tried it initially...blinded by the really good ( when neat) nose..but after having it some months later - happy for the people who don't sense the plastic guess it's still nice then. For me Benromach is out for the next years.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Neat -with maybe few drops of water a great nose. With more water still ok
    • Taste
      65 65
      Neat fine with more water igittt / if this was presented at 40% this would be reallly low score
    • Finish
      65 65

  7. Numwierum scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Smell: Intense sherry aromas, raisins and other dried fruits, a little nut and a slightly herbal note. Smoke can be heard, but rather reserved, the alcohol is quite dominant.
    Taste: Very dry, red berries, raisins, liquorice root, a little nut, with a strong smoke that reminiscent of burnt gum.
    Finish: - leather, strong oak flavor, the smoke turns into cold ash.
    Very special, there are bad marks, but it is not uncomfortable.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. dramspotter scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Blind mystery tasting. Decent value for money but I found it a little brash myself.
    • Nose
      definitely strong, artificial notes, coastal smoke - peat and floral notes - maybe first fill sherry
    • Taste
      sharp, young and rough but with further sips it starts to find itself
    • Finish
      medium+; quote a charred note and very tannic in the end

  9. 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.

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

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


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