Benromach 2010

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 72.54

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 2010

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.34 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. Whiskydudes 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.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    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.

    Edit april '21: this bottle has been open for 1.5 years with still one third left, but it's going down hill fast right now (and it wasn't much to begin with). Taste and finish are sulphury, very sharp and extremely dry at this point. Initially I scored it 80, currently it's struggling for 75 (77 as an average).
    • Nose
      83 83
      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
      74 74
      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
      75 75
      Long and incredibly drying with an alcoholic feel to it: a swift syrupy sweetness, chili peppers and some rubbery liquorice, espresso and toasted wood notes.

  6. 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

  7. elidiot scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I won't repeat what other people already said better than I could anyway.
    I used to really like this one, loved the powerful association of sherry and peat and everything, but now I really don't know what I will do with the other half of the bottle... This is really too much... Caramel and cracked burnt matches, good until you're completely gutted.

  8. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An interesting twist on the classic Peat Smoke release. This is less peated than the classic at 34 ppm but with the addition of full term maturation in first fill sherry hogsheads. This has given this dram an addition of richness and spice. Value (£56) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Right out the bottle it gives a punch of chilli heat. Given a few minutes to settle, the nuances of the sherry maturation come forth. Red berries, cherries, some dried figs. An element of dark chocolate and orange peels as well. Roast coffee. Sweetness in the form of dark caramel and toffee. Pecans. For something with 'Peat Smoke' on the label, it's not as smoky up front as expected. However, I do get some notes of burnt rubber and the some honey-glazed barbecued meats. Some herbal thyme and dried tobacco as well. Given the influence of peat and sherry, the heavy, industrial spirit character of Benromach is not lost in this dram and keeps it from just being a simple sherry bomb.
    • Taste
      Thick and oily mouthfeel. Sweet and spicy upfront. The honey glazed meats definitely taking centre-stage along with red chillies. A layer of peat smoke covers the palate. More burnt rubber, barbecued meats, earth and creosote. Cherry syrup with strawberry and rhubarb jam. Toffee and burnt caramel sweetness. Again the heavy spirit character cuts through. Some bitter cocoa and orange peels.
    • Finish
      Quite fruity on the finish, I find more berries here than on the palate. The smoke has also subsided and is just a whisper of ash now. Less industrial characters. More toffee sweetness. Still spicy with black pepper and chillies. More dark chocolate.

  9. Captain Teague scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    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...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 don't get me wrong I'm a fan of dirty Whiskys with a slight burned rubber touch but here especially together with the sharp alcoholic taste ( you just don't get that from the islands)it hit me like biting in a burned piece of cheap Chinese plastic. For me Benromach is out for the next years. I
    • 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

  10. 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


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