BenRiach 18-year-old Gaja Barolo

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish Series
Stated Age
18 years old
Gaja Barolo Wine Casks Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
18 Jan 2010 4:54 pm

Average value

€ 257.00

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 18-year-old Gaja Barolo

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.33 points

  1. Portlover did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

  2. peat head scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior


  3. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      65 65

  4. molar3rd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Now this one is no longer on sale, and I think this is one of the only BR’s from recent years I have yet to try (tried most of the finishes , here). so it was a nice opportunity to finally try it.

    Nose: Earthy. Sweet sugar and molasses. Spicy : cloves and cinnamon, on top and also some sweet dough.

    Palate: Sugary and sweet with some apples and dough , not very winy but showing some tannins. Also quite earthy, which was surprising.

    Finish: Wood, sugar and some bitterness.




  5. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    an elegant whisky
    the finish does not kill the malt
    I find it particularly exciting that the fruits in the nose are rather slightly immature and sour, while they are then really sweet in the mouth
    Definitely different from the usual sherry whisky, yummy, tasty ... good to high average I would say
    • Nose
      still slightly sour red fruits
      Currant, cherry and plum
    • Taste
      fruity and sweet
      Grapes and the red fruits
      Finally, sweeties and oak again
      milk chocolate

  6. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Really good whisky, but it´s not as well balanced as the other Benriach wood-finished whiskys are. I think the problem here is the Barolo redwine cask. The smooth wine flavours simply can´t compete with the rich and spicy oak. Therefor the whisky becomes kinda bitter and dry. 
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. HunterRomario scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Orange peel, peach marmalade, a wine barrel featuring a warm aroma of spices (cinnamon), lightly chocolate and a pinch of any zu. (88 b)
    • Taste
      Warmly spicy, cinnamon-like, sweetish, in the flavor, it goes from a sweeter to a dry sherry-like style. (87 b)

  8. granella2003 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Matured in bourbon casks for a period of 15 years and then be poured in Barolo red barrels where the distillate another 3 years may ripen. The barrels come from the Gaja family known for their superior quality wines.
    Benriach 18 Year Gaja Barolo is a limited edition which is the first batch of only 3,600 produced, so very exclusive!
    • Nose
      Blissful aromas of plums, sultanas, orange caramel and take the lead to be followed by hints of vanilla and corn. Very tasty combination.
    • Taste
      A spicy taste of pepper opens but is quickly followed by the flavors of the aromas and accompanied by dark red fruit and a hint of coconut and brown sugar.
    • Finish
      Moderately long and dry finish that is very lively taste, dominated by pepper with hints of oak.

  9. alectron scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note (Dramfest NZ 2012)

    This had a few unusual, interesting & pleasant notes right away. Got a feeling this will fall apart quickly though if left to breathe or in an half open bottle.
    • Nose
      oranges, pipe tobacco, slight yeast. (86)
    • Taste
      bubblegum, malt, vanilla dough, mint (87)
    • Finish
      very sweet, canned oranges, leather, slight wood, (88)

  10. Lady Dram did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79


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