Benromach 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
10 years old
Bourbon & First fill Sherry Oak Casks
Batch 1
Number of bottles
57.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
81 7680 3344
Added on
25 Apr 2019 12:13 pm by Gldflo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 120.80

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 2008

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.10 points

  1. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    N: Waxy cinnamon, tropical fruit jam, flax seed, molasses, toasted buckwheat, faint farmy cow farts and wet mud, bluegrass sap, cashew, gingery peat.

    P: Dark chocolate, citrus, vanilla pod, caramel, cinnamon, mace, dried fruits like yellow raisins and dates, gun powder, Brazil nut. Intertwined among these lovelies comes a draft of the Smoky God, courtesy of this whisky's Speyside peat.

    I'm reminded of Balvenie's Peat Week, just a little. I like the impish tingle on my tongue at cask strength. This said, I'm still going to down the fire just a bit, even though it is quite palatable at full strength and I might prefer it that way on another occasion.

    For example, if I go all day on a Saturday being henpecked by my wife, then I will take this whisky at full strength for sure in the evening, when I find a spare moment to escape from the tongue-lashing.

    Finish: Medium-long with the peat and some tannins coming through, along with a swirling hint of date, nut meat, and vanilla pod. Altogether, this makes for a rich and rewarding departure of the spirit's essence, caught as 'tis within the watery tissues of one's mouth.

    Early bottlings (especially the first) had older whisky in the batches, I think. Yes, for sure. Newer bottlings are more precise, however. Benromach has this one down to a "mad" science, ha! This said, there was a give and take to the early old skool bottling, for it had an off-cask (a bit moldy) that got into the run and muddled things up a bit. Not so with the newer batches.

    The older 100 proof tasted more like Campbeltown than this one does. That one was a bit overblown in terms of its fan fair, I think. This one is less vintage tasting. By vintage, I'm talking about whisky from the 80's and 90's, which I remember well, and which I still own. This one's a solid choice but don't pay too much for a bottle.

    IMO, the weaker 10 year at 43 percent is not bad. I prefer this CS version, but still. I feel that the 43 used to have some different casks. Not sure if it still does. A few years back, it wasn't just a watered down version of the CS. The 43 made a respectable gift to a person who enjoyed an occasional glass of whisky and wasn't like us (finatics ;).

    Don't forget to experiment with water if you get this one. It's not bad at cask strength but a few drops will bring out more wonders for the nose and palate.

    I'm a big fan of late 1980's style whisky, and so I miss the old 100 Proof, which I gave an "88" score. It was indeed more "old skool." I did find that the very first batch had an errant cask, but subsequent ones did not, unless I'm very much mistaken. At any rate, I found that my very first bottle of the Benromach 100 was a tad musty in a less than ideal way, but the rest were spot-on. I suppose it could have been a cork issue, but I remember no problems whatever with the cork and I surely would have noticed.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The only reason I rate the Benromach 100 Proof just a tad higher, is because of the more present sulphur note in the Benromach Cask Strength Vintage 2008.
    • Nose
      Rather a bit fresher than the 100 Proof, with notes of pear skin and ripe apple parts. However, the signature sweet, smoky barbecue aromas are certainly there, accompanied by cherry syrup, and whiffs of dried oregano. Finally also a bit of tobacco and caramel.
    • Taste
      Undeniably a bit of sulphur (slightly more present than with the 100 Proof), but also black pepper and red fruits, followed by earthy, smoky peat. Somewhat salty, and ripe banana and dark chocolate make an appearance as well.
    • Finish
      Lingering spiciness and sweet barbecue smoke. Long.

  3. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Distinct sherry influence is the first thing I perceive. Raspberries, red gooseberries and dark chocolate. The alcohol is very well integrated and leaves a slightly cooling effect. Spicy aromas rise from the glass with some time. Freshly ground black pepper and clove most likely. I also have the association with green cucumber in my head. With a little water, the aromas are sweeter and pleasantly soft. Some sulfur in the form of fermented fruits (kombucha) comes through. Fits very well for me. The smoke is noticeable, but with much understatement and as a supporting role. With a little more time in the glass, dried apricots are added.

    Taste: The almost 58 percent by volume show their power when they hit the tongue. Less sweet than the nose can expect is the malt on the tongue. Again, there are red fruits in the direction of wild berries and ripe red apples, which bring a pleasant fruitiness. On the palate, I now discover juice oranges and caramel. The chocolate is back with about 70% cocoa content of the party. The smoke is more present than in the nose; the cucumber disappeared. Water and some time tame the malt and help the malt to develop. Everything gets a bit more intense and softer.

    Finish: Very long for the age. Warming and full to the last second. Here Benromach can shine again. Hardly bitter notes but the same pleasant fruits and chocolate as in the nose and on the tongue now in the finish. Some oak spice echoes.

    Conclusion: If I could get a 15-year-old Benromach with the departure of this powerful representative of the distillery, that would be exactly my thing. So I would give the 15-year-old preference. Nevertheless, this bottling is very successful for me. Benromach shows with this bottling that even relatively young whiskys can be quite complex. Only the slight note of sulfur, which comes up with the addition of water in the nose, could be called a criticism. She does not bother me here. The price of the bottling is in my opinion with about 60 € very attractive. Nice thing!

  4. erwinnlim scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It is a quality dram. Not a gateway dram with its very industrial spirit character but with time and experience it is more than worth it. Perfectly balance of sweet, sherry and distillery character. Value (£52) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Initially a little dry, sweet peat, not overwhelming but just enough to make it interesting. Loads of toffee and butterscotch. Then dried red fruits, berries, sour cherries and figs show the influence of sherry. Smoked paprika. Sweet vanilla shows up around the end with some earthiness from the peat. Quite a heavy, fusile, industrial quality to the spirit. Plenty of ginger, rosemary and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Starts slightly sour and waxy. Dried fruit flavours envelop the palate. Oily and mouth coating. Fudge and toffee. Then some bitterness of dark chocolate and overbrewed tea take over. Still sweet with caramel and vanillins. Orange peels and more cinnamon. Black pepper warmth. Given time in the bottle I find it becomes sweeter with more of the caramel and toffee influence.
    • Finish
      The bittersweet character from the palate continues here. Drying and mouthwatering. More of the tannic oak influence is present on the finish. Tobacco leaves and dark chocolate. Notes of earth and peat smoke return.

  5. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Sample tested.

    N : mostly custard and smoke, i like this. Touch of spices (ginger, nutmeg), maybe a very light green apple note or baked tangerines ? Not really sure but with time there's something acidic coming out there. Straightforward but well done, very yummy.

    M : Dry smoke and custard again, not as bold as the nose.

    F : Medium, on smoke. Leaves a cigaret-like aftertaste. A bit of rubber too.

    It's a perfect daily dram, as far as I'm concerned. Price-wise it's geat, for about 60€ I'm definitely buying a bottle. No false note, but you're left expecting more after the very nice nose. 7/10

  6. diamond2000 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: rich, sweet, slightly alcoholic, caramel, boiled condensed milk, soot, charred wood, ripe autumn foliage, smoked dried fruits, metallic notes. Over time, the wood component is felt even wider: varnish, plywood, glue for wood, a humidor with cigars, notes of sour berries, machine oil appear.

    Taste: bright, attack of spices, pepper, ginger, spices for mulled wine, salted caramel, toffee, many smoked meats, dried apples and pears, astringent tree, red walnuts, ash.

    Finish: longer than average, smoked meats, sweetness, honey, caramel with nuts, tobacco leaf, dressed leather, rich fruit compote, lots of astringent walnut and wood tannins. Completes all the varnish-ash-mineral notes, engine oil.

    Rating: 88

    Bottom line: a very successful whisky, such a basic 10-year-old on steroids, but with more phenol. As usual in official releases - an abundance of pleasant oak, walnut, varnish.

  7. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very tasty part.
    • Nose
      Blind sample:

      Light amber

      Got an old smell. Some smoke set. Thick, tart leather and damp tobacco. Smells like old sherry. A slightly cooling menthol note comes from the background. I'll let it stand for a while ...
      With some time in the glass, more pickled, dark cherries. Dark chocolate and beautifully matched bitterness of wood. Roasted almonds and something like orange oil. Liebstöckel prevails and gives the whole thing a certain dirtiness. Fermented blueberries and more and more herbs.
      This set, ripe smell makes my colleague think older.
    • Taste
      Sharp start. No alcohol sharpness. This is chilli and ginger. Tart, tangy citrus aromas. A metallic undertone comes through. In the form of rust dust. In addition, significantly more nutty bitterness than the nose suggested. The smoke is very fine and probably goes in the direction of roasted aromas. It doesn't taste as dark as the nose has shown. I'm more into slightly burned, light-fruity jam. The metallic gets through more on the second sip. Just think he's not that old. Nose and taste differ significantly. Roasted orange slices like Christmas. A pinch of cinnamon and some plastic.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Roasted aromas keep beautiful. Add nutty bitterness and sharpness again.

  8. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    very solid as usual. from memory I preferred the 100 proof which maybe had a slightly higher percentage of older stock. but I feel like this is more batch variation than quality variation. 7/10
    • Nose
      as usual with benromach there's some very present direct fired and old school character. honeyed, burnt ends, melted dark chocolate with raspberry, touch of asparagus, slightly vegetal peat, light bung cloth and dunnage (again, i find this in most benromach). yummy.
    • Taste
      quite caramelized, sooty, hessian sack full of barley, artichoke, raspberry coulis, orange syrup, a little smoked ham. long finish, with slight parma violets, dry smoke. great balance.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is the replacement for old 100 proof bottle, nice whisky , need to do a H2H as I think I preferred the older one
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    In principle, a good benromach, there is somewhat excessive guilty note, as for me, but in general is normal. Plus is a moderate price. 22-22-21-22


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