Benromach 2011 - Sassicaia

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish Series
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon + Sassicaia Casks Finish
Number of bottles
45.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 May 2019 1:33 pm by gooos

Average value

€ 56.90

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41 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benromach 2011 - Sassicaia

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.87 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    After finding quite a few of the "new" core Benromach's rather disappointing I welcome every sample that may aid in changing my opinion.
    I'm still not won over after this sample from karloff.
    Would I buy this at £45? Don't think so.
    • Nose
      80 80
      This is soft, sweet and delicately fruity with a little citrus edge.
      Not too sure about the light smoke in there, as I find it a bit sour and out of tune with the rest.
    • Taste
      77 77
      The smoky note is much more pronounced on the taste.
      Not sure if that is a good thing.
      It's got a decent amount of spice, yet the mouthfeel is thin and watery.
      I'm not sure what to make of this, does it want to be smoky, does it want to be wine fruity?
      It's going down, but it's really not my pick for enjoyment.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Fair medium length with a lot of sweetness returning as the spice fade out. But it also gets rather bitter and dry.

  2. karloff scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    This has been fine, the bottle has gone so that says something. What it isn't is anything to shout about. Yes it's a decent price and a decent dram but not very memorable and I wouldn't buy it again.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The smokiness mixes whell with the fruit notes, it's not too overpowering.
      There is a duff note that spoils it.
      The only way to describe this note is dull.
      It sort of moves in and out, there it is, there it isn't.
      This is wine cask finish so the fruit notes that are there are quite soft and subtle.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Now the smokiness is a lot more prominent.
      It's also quite spicy. It has a nice kick to it which is helped by the 45%.
      As far as the fruit notes go I think they are struggling to show their had because the smoke and spice are quite strong.
      I am also getting aniseed or liquorice root.
      The balance isn't there for me.
    • Finish
      79 79
      A medium finish and that strong smoke and spice turns a bit metallic. Those fruit notes that were struggling to show their hand have thrown their cards on the table and said I'm out.

  3. stefan_PB scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Something artificial, almost like boner wax, hits the nose first, a trace of mild, subtle smoke. Fruit, almonds and nuts emerge from behind the first impressions.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fruit. Maybe pear and apple. Some almond and vanilla. But not super complex.
      A little peppery at the end.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium length. Spicy with some fruit and minimal smoke.

  4. Ostap scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Quite mediocre whisky, noticeably fresh, oak. More or less fun in the aroma. In the blind can be confused with the lens hood.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Vanilla, cookies, tangible dessert, watercolor paints, iris, salty note, mint caramel, characteristic bourbon aging oak bark, cucumber, polish, fruit apple jam.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Oak, vanilla, iris, condensed milk, milk chocolate, apple.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Oak and a bunch of milk chocolate, iris, vanilla, apple, medium.

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
      IT: 86
      B: 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Phipse scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      pleasant smoky note, fruits, raspberries, apple
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweetness, maybe a little vanilla, light pepper / spice, oak, not hot, dryness - the smoke very subtle in the background. Overall around
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long, a little bitter, smoke aromas are a little more evident, dryness remains in the mouth

  7. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. HedonistMan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    First whisky, who used Sassicaia barrels
    • Nose
      Bakery, Baking fruits
    • Taste
      Spices, wood, fruits, chocolate
    • Finish
      Smoke, fruits

  9. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Norm scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Great balance of the 'basic' Benro qualities (smoke, wood & fruit - which I find superbly balanced to begin with) plus the elegance of the wine finish, which is never intrusive or 'winey'. I just keep sipping it and trying to fathom it, always savoring. The 45 a.b.v. is also spot on: graceful strength of character.
    It seems to me that w/ Benromach you already get the best of both worlds: Speyside and Island/Campbeltown character; and w/ this one you get a lovely cask finish on top. I picked it up at whiskysite.nl for less than 40 euros, and, like nearly all their special offers, this is a real steal.
    Gordon & MacP (who own Benro) really know their stuff and here, as far as I can tell, they're in full control.


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