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Overall rating
86.20/100
votes
87
Whiskybase ID
159714
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Label
Design updated in 2020
Barcode
5020613051485
Added on
05 Jun 2020 1:36 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 72.67

46 × in wishlist

87 × member ratings

218 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benromach 15-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.20 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The Benromach 15 Years is as good if not better than when it was first introduced five years ago.
    • Nose
      Praise be! There's that Benromach profile I've come to expect and love! It has that classic soft barbecue smoke and grilled bacon aspect, but with lots of dried red fruits and hints of chocolate. There are some shy touches of citrus, grilled nectarine and pineapple too. A surprising hint of mint as well as a quick hit of tobacco leaves. Benromach at the top of its game.
    • Taste
      Quite oak-y and dry. It has some fruity aspects, like red apples and plums, but also there's also cocoa powder, a soft touch of smoke and cracked black pepper corns. Just a touch of eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Sherried, fruity and spicy. Drying and medium in length.

  2. Treezzey scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Do you like dirty whiskies with a lot of character? Earthy. Little sour. Tiny bit of funk. Dry. Dark chocolate. Slightest touch of eucalyptus. Chocolate bitter orange. Leather. Cigar. Then back to the sour, earthy, funk.

    It’s like a dirty Mortlach meets a teenaged Springbank with a hearty dash of 20+ year sherried Ben Nevis thrown in. These are all of my favorites in one spot.

    I think I would rate this whisky higher in a blind review.

    This won’t be for everyone but if you like the characterful whiskies listed above you will like this. The 15 is better than the 21. The 21 suffers from too much dilution in a relatively more fragile whisky and comes across as bland as a result.

    For €70, I will never be without this or a similar Benromach in my cabinet. Single cask Benromachs just shot to the top of my wish list.

    I offer a round of applause and raise a glass to G&M / Benromach for making a truly individualistic whisky. Well done!

  3. Mac_Pinto scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Oh the nose on this one, just goddamn gorgeous. I could nose this whisky all day, and that isn't an exaggeration. A lot more sherry presence in this one compared to the 10 and that changes a lot in terms of the whisky character. The Bourbon citrus and sweetness is still there, and overall makes a really nice pleasant dram. Finish still leaves something to be desired, but that's maybe because I'm a sucker for a strong, punchy finish. You could drink this one all night and still want more. Really good one to keep in one's bar.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Dark amber color. Burst of peppermint chocolate right off the bat, the peat from the Benromach 10 is gone, replaced by a lot more fruitiness, heavy citric character. Caramelized green apples, hints of cinnamon - like a honeyed apple pie. Can definitely sense some Cabernet Sauvignon character in this, that sherry really comes through. Just such a beautiful sweet nose. I'd so make a cologne out of this if I could.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Immediate acidic fruitiness, not all citrus, some green grape sweetness as well. Lots more cinnamon and pepper spice than the 10 and definitely more bite on the palate. I really liked this, but again compared to the otherwordly nose, the palate was a little subdued.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Very easy on the oalate, short-medium finish. Lingering caramel and spice, some chocolately notes. Very oaky, woody aftertaste. Lingering citric feel, like the kind one gets a whole minute or two after chewing a lime. Very easy drinker, the finish isn't overpowering, nor strong in any way for that matter, but not horrible either. Better than the 10 for sure.

  4. claymore84 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 04-24-2021.

  5. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Expraesi scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. riegerjonas scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    2021-04-10
    • Nose
      91 91
      dark plums, bitter orange, sherry, strong oak, hay ?, raspberries with vanilla sauce, real deep vanilla
    • Taste
      90 90
      minimally smoky, oak spiciness, strong, tart berries, fruity, distillery character comes through well
    • Finish
      91 91
      tart chocolate

  8. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      The first time I've had this Benromach in my glass. The smell has something of smoked bacon, dark fruits and a note of maple syrup and vanilla. A slight hint of mint. Overall very interesting.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Red fruits, spicy and a gentle smoke. The body is not quite as strong due to the 43%, but a nice drinking strength. I would have liked it a bit better at 46%, but overall very well balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is longer than I would have expected, the smoke settles nicely and lingers. There is a bit of woody spice and vanilla sweetness.
      From the initial odor profile to the finish, a very varied dram. I like it!!

  9. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. RJKrueger scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I always found the Benromach 10yo very exciting and delicious, so expectations were definitely there at 5 years old and unfortunately they are not really met. Not a bad malt, a bit different but overall not a really significant increase either.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Light fruits, lemon notes, a slight smoky note, some herbs and tobacco. Not bad, but overall I lack complexity after 15 years, I would have expected more.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the beginning, sweetness with light fruits, apples, mirabelle plums, lemons, then a bit of spiciness and the light but clear campfire smoke brings more spiciness into play.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium to long with lingering herbal notes and smoke

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