Benromach 2009

Overall rating
86.37/100
votes
147
Whiskybase ID
WB160343
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
2009
Bottled
08/09.01.2020
Calculated age
11 years old
Casktype
First fill
Casknumber
Batch 04
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Bottling of 29 casks
Bottle code
09/01/20 191549
Barcode
5020613076778
Added on
12 jun 2020 10:49 am by j.nolti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 71.90

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Whisky reviews for Benromach 2009

37 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.37 points.

  1. Andytka3 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    1715) Benromach, 2009/2020, 11YO, Cask Strength, Batch 04

    Exclusively First-Fill Cask Matured. Always an honestly made whisky that reminded me of earth and soil.
    • Nose
      N- Delicious retro scents of old wood, vegetal herbs, grilled mushroom and earthy. Dashes of savoury coarse pepper, cut shallots and all natural grains. No excessive sweet fruits to pleased, but emphasize on the elegant oak sphere of spices, menthol and toasted notes. Classy and appeared older and mellower than the actual age. (89/22)
    • Taste
      P- Herbs infused oily peat. Toasted sweet, nutty and abundance of chewy sour berries skins. Broad spiciness follow with lingers of tart dark fruits. (88/22)
    • Finish
      F- Long, mille-feuille of spicy/sweet oak, toasted spices and dried herbs. Pleasingly dry and clean, echoing with the simple-untainted taste that carries the complex soul. (90/22)

      B/B- 90/22

      Weighted Rate- 88pt

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  3. glen efze scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Benromach is considered a Speyside Distillery, but is a bit out of the way. This also applies to the whisky, which is not typically Speyside, but rather smoky. In the Cask Strength Vintage series, bottlings are released annually at cask strength, not colored and not chill-filtered. In other words, the kind of whisky one would wish for from the independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, who owns the distillery. The color is a nice strong gold with the influence of 1st fill bourbon and sherry.

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    • Nose
      87 87
      The smoke is powerful and distinctly different from the Isle of Islay. The maritime flushing hem component is missing. The Benromach smoke is dry and woody. And then comes a fruity vanilla aroma with cherries and passion fruit cream. With a few drops of water, the smoke softens and caramel aromas emerge, along with some freshly chopped herbs.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The alcohol is also strong and requires some water. Then comes smoky vanilla fudge, scones with cherry jam. The smoke is strong and woody but not too ashy and blends well with the sherry flavors.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Without water the whisky is very dry, with water it becomes more caramel and creamy, but ends dry with smoke and cherry flavors remaining on the palate.

      A smoky Sunday afternoon whisky with Earl Gray tea and scones that does well (and needs) a few drops of water. Tasty and independent with a reasonable cask strength that is good for the whisky.

  4. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It really is sparkling clean. Very easy to drink, could be a good smoker for beginners as it really shouldn't overwhelm anyone. Benromach comes to mind spontaneously, they have always been known for their easy drinking.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    yeah look I find it incredibly typical of Benromach. :)
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke and sherry right after pouring, harmonious and clean. The smoke becomes even more subtle, some yellow fruit, overall rather reserved. A few clouds of disinfectant are slowly coming up from below, slightly acidic. After a clear standing time, flambéed ripe peaches form the main note. Incredibly clean on the nose, the smoke has the character of a campfire burning pure wood in calm conditions. Merely light mineral notes complete the picture. When heated, the alcohol tickles the nose slightly, while pointed fruit notes, light fruit and later some crème brûlée complete the picture. Keep it simple and clean.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the mouth, the acidity (fruit acidity) starts, before dark caramel and peat sweetness take over the field completely. Only a hint of bitterness comes to the rear. The alcohol behaves in a very civilized manner, but is at the same time very powerful. Starts with a time delay. Also very clean in the mouth. In the second sip, the delicate notes are right in front and together with the acidity give a nice overall picture, whereby the acidity is now less fruity. The sweetness comes much less powerful this time.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The whisky dries a bit on the finish, overall of medium length, and the ash on the tongue doesn't linger too long either. A filigree fruitiness also pulls over the palate to the end. The second sip stays a little longer.

  6. rich_93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A powerful, charismatic dram that is absolutely worth the price of admission. It does not get cosier than this. Be careful with water - the ethanol becomes more prominent with dilution, but then again my bottle’s been open for a long time - not sure it had this issue in the beginning.

    Benromach can take a while to get your head around. If you have a bottle and are unsure of it, I would strongly recommend setting it aside and returning to it after a while.

    I look forward to exploring the other vintages.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense, complex and juicy. Extremely cosy. Some alcohol (it is 57%) but doesn’t get in the way. Sour, sweet, but dry at the same time. Sour berries, grape seed oil, log fires - wood smoke, wood smoke, wood smoke. Earth, sulphurous vegetables, black pepper, cocoa, even a hint of dark red roses and blackcurrants. Chalky, mineral and a little coastal saltiness. Primo cigar tobacco, leather and raspberry ice cream. I always feel I lack the breadth of palate for Benromach’s weirdness. The oak is beautiful, as in a well-balanced armagnac. There’s a cheesy facet that gives this nose an incredible texture. What a glorious mess!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pleasant, creamy, medium texture. Dry and spicy, salty, fruity-sweet. Sweet vanilla, woods and spices lead the way, surrounded by sour red fruits, oranges, tangerines and cocoa. Water cuts down on the sherry sourness, but it also makes the alcohol more pronounced. Some truffles, grape seed oil again, leather - a fascinating complex of savoury sensations.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Good length. Sweet, sour and salty. Grape seed oil, orange, good oak with warm spices. Wood smoke. The peat takes on a herbal nuance as well, accompanied by sweet and sour tangerines.

  7. ZLako scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    N: What a lovely nose. Lots of red fruits. A lovely nice earthy peat. I can find some oranges. Old wood and leather. Some pepper and brine. Old paper and some lovely salty air. (82)

    P: Lots of heat without water. Not bad kind of heat. Warmth I shall say. No off note. Earthy peat. Pepper rush and salt. Old paper. Leather note. Red berries and oranges. I like it. (80)

    [Adding a bit of water opens it up a bit. More fruity notes less warmth. I like it both ways.]

    F: Long and drying at the end. WARM and a nice smoke. (81)

    Overall I like it! People talk about BBQ here but I ain't getting none of that. I am getting a nice subtle earthy peat with a faint smoke only. Which I like more than BBQ.

    82 / 80 / 81 = 81 pts / 100

  8. CPI_1972 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Similar profile with 2009 CS batch 2 that I enjoyed a lot. So much that I (almost) emptied the 2-nd bottle in one year. I don't know what happened with the batch 3 - was it ever bottled?
    Anyway, back to batch 4. The taste and the finish are exquisite, on par with some of the best Laphroaig 10 YO CS's. It reminds me of #011. The nose is not on the same level, though it is very good, too.
    It was the first pour of the first bottle opened, maybe it will improve in time. I enjoyed it better without water.
    A very good single malt and at a fair price. Quite rare these days.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Collegiate scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, but needs a bit of water to bring it to its sweet spot. Has a great balance of sherry casks, brine and a decent amount of peat. This won’t replace the seemingly now unobtainable Springbank 12, but it’s a pretty solid alternate.

  10. grinface scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The cask strength alone carries this one to more points then the 10y or 15y.

    Full review, in a tasting session with two partners and five Benromach: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/04/21/eine-benromach-session/

  11. Tordeaux scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  12. VEF206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  13. valentinrev scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

  14. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  15. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  16. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  17. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Another good solid Benromach
    • Nose
      Sulphur notes jumping to attention! Those notes die down and here comes the snokey bacon, classic highland style peat. Very subtle smoke which transcends to burnt oranges,
    • Taste
      Big, smokey BBQ, the sulphur notes are obvious and aren't shying away. ABV also showing in this one, definitely on the prickly side. Apple notes starting to appear, also very malty, some sweet elements intertwined with the smoke.
    • Finish
      Smoky BBQ, the rubber tyres are also there, it's medium in length.

  18. Ostap scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    01/29/2022:
    Interesting whisky with an unusual profile.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Baking, mineral notes, barbecue, fried potatoes, boiled sausages, sour malt, mushroom julienne, frankly vegetable profile, sherry notes, canned green tomatoes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Bunch of berries, mineral notes, sherry, honey.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Berry, warms, long, with implicit smoke, knits, sherry.

  19. JJKATED scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  20. JoachimV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Marinated meat on the bbq. Sweet smoke, leather, honey and zest of orange, vanilla, crème brûlée, strawberries, praline chocolate, nuts and cinnamon.
      Some farm air too, which I do have more at Benromach.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Honey, oranges, apples, brown sugar, nuts, crème brûlée, chocolate and spicy with pepper/cloves and cinnamon.
      Some water is needed for me.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long with pepper and dark chocolate. A little bit of smoke remains here too.

  21. fransoif@bdx scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Typical Speyside Sherry/woody/spicy profile.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Powerful first nose, delicate sherry, we feel the influence of the 1st fill.
    • Taste
      82 82
      oaky, very spicy, nuts, dark fruits, and the very active influence of the cask.
    • Finish
      82 82
      the oak side stands out, mainly on wood and spices. Not very complex but well balanced.

  22. notesofmalt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Benromach 2009 - 2020, 11 years, Cask Strength Batch 04, 57.2% alc. Original bottling. Maturation: Bourbon barrels (first filled) and sherry barrels

    Nose: fruit meets smoky aromas. Slightly damp charcoal comes to mind, then dried strawberries and burnt caramel, dark sugar and malt. In addition, a light coffee aroma and apple pie.

    Palate: smoke and pear compote, pepper and candied apples. The Benromach then first shows meaty and fatty aromas, followed by various kitchen herbs, some caramel and honey, as well as cocoa.

    Finish: Long and warming, stays true to its line. A pleasant sweetness mixes with fatty grilled meat, as well as chocolate, pepper and coffee.

    Conclusion: You have to like this mixture of sweetness and smoke, especially in cask strength. A complex Benromach with many revolutions, what more could you want? 87/100 points (2021)

  23. Tim59000 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. besar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  25. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    No notes tasted at show but worth a purchase for sure.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. YD84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The first few drams from the bottle were already very enjoyable, but after getting some air this bottle has absolutely come into its own. It's complex and delicious, and changes beautifully with different quantities of water. It's dirty, and pulls no punches.

    Leather, old books, powdered chocolate, dark fruits, oranges, orchard fruits, grilled pineapple, berries, barbeque smoke, cinnamon, pepper, wet mud, autumn leaves.

    It retains that unmistakable Benromach character. I could nose this all day long, and the taste is sensational. The finish can be a touch on the sweet side depending on how much water has been added, but that is a minor quibble. Plus, this sweetness has subsided significantly now that the bottle has been open for a while. All in all, just a superb whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  29. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Pear, chocolate notes, coffee, apples, creamy, peppery, smoky. Later comes caramel, brown sugar and actually typical Benromach.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pear, smoke, apples, oranges, creamy, fat, white pepper, caramel, honey with caster sugar.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pear, smoke, apples, oranges, creamy, fat, white pepper, caramel and at the end honey and caster sugar.

  30. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The new design immediately cut my eyes, but holding the bottle, the box in my hands, reading, looking at the design, it was quite worthy)
    According to the molt: strong average, with a pleasant aroma, restrained, not an aroma bomb) The taste, in spite of its turns, is not biting and biting, pleasant, it pleases.

  31. Simon Stood scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Balance - 21.5
    87-88 very good batch
    • Nose
      87 87
      N: raisins, tofi, sweet white grapes 21.5
    • Taste
      88 88
      T: sweet, tart, fig, quince
      22
    • Finish
      87 87
      F: enveloping quince jam, a little leather astringency
      21.5

  32. Menko scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    I don't mind whisky that is different.
    I usually find them interesting.
    This is the first Benromach I've bought since GM took over the distillery. Yes, it's been a while :-)
    And it's certainly different from the old ones I still have in my cellar.
    This is like eating in a Pakistani restaurant. It's so spicy it's hard to taste anything else. I can't add enough water to get the sting out, and too much water makes it weak and tasteless.
    Lots, and lots of pepper! Moss, rotten leaves, but also sweet grapes, dark chocolate and fresh flowers.
    It's a well drinkable whisky for sure, but this one's not for me. Sorry for the Benromach fans....

  33. Gareth74 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Alright, McFly. Now, you’re gonna get it.

    My first Benromach. It just had to be the one I was bitching about because of the recent rebrand. About as subtle as a jock’s sport coat from the 1950’s or a cheerleaders football jersey from the same era. There’s just something very in-Caledonian about the look, something far more American graffiti going on. I want to call it Chet, I half expect it to rap its knuckles on my head whilst asking if McFly is there. You get the picture. Well, we’re not here for the pom-poms - go on, get in my glass!

    Not really sure what to expect, it's always a pleasure trying something from a distillery never tried before. In we go. KA-POW-POW-POW! That was a wallop of bbq pork slathered in rich, thick, sticky molasses and smoked over a hickory grill. It’s cooking stuff. It’s sweetly baked Christmas cakes. Hearty, home made buggers that weigh a tonne and last till February. There’s bags and bags of cocoa in there, mashed up with dried figs and a dollops of sherry fruit and a fistful of dark Oxford marmalade. Some sort of strawberry jam, the last bits in a jar at breakfast time. It’s quite a good nose The ABV obviously helping - at 57.2% its a bit of a bruiser but there's none of the expected alcohol on the nose - this is all tasty ingredients. The moment it think I’ve nailed it down, something else pops up. It’s very dense and rich.

    In the mouth neat. Instant arrival powers itself across the palate. The ABV is delivering the flavours turning it all up to 11. Sweet. Sherry. Dark fruit. Coca-Cola. Cocoa. Treacle. It’s very direct. I wasn’t expecting this. I mean, I kind of was from the nose, but the bottle doesn’t make me think it’s going to taste like this. Is this why there was such a fuss? As it reaches the middle of the sip the flavour takes a turn away from sweet and veers towards a dark sweet coffee. A bit of tannin and wood astringency and a zing of peppery heat, more sherry. Yummy. Ends well on cocoa and coffee and the darkest tobacco and baking spices. With water more dark fruits and much more dark treacle! What a winner.

    So, The school jock is a crowd pleaser, at least in my book. This is a warming, comforting, enveloping whisky. It’s a bit full on neat and actually delivers greater things with a splash of water. It opens it up in all directions and helps tame the spice and at the same time allows some of the more hidden flavours to make an appearance.

    Maybe it can be accused of lacking any kind of subtlety, it's anything but restrained. It's got the radio turned up, windows rolled down, sunglasses on and not a single fuck given. That rebrand is making more sense now.

    Worth the money? Yes. Delicious. Sticky. Sweet. As subtle as a brick.

  34. kaichai scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Thankfully nothing has changed. Same excellent quality of this underrated Speyside whisky. New carton,new design but who cares? As long as the quality of the whisky is as high as that we should focus on the dram and enjoy this unique single malt. If people don' t taste or don' t buy this because of the new bottle design it's a silly decision. Benromach rules!
    The nose is a big weaker compared with some previous batches but still 100% Benromach. Meaty,smoky,sweet and spicy with the smell of forest floor and cowshed...This is exciting single malt whisky,nothing has changed about that!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  37. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Due to the storage in sherry and bourbon barrels for the first time, it shows a pronounced sherry note, with aromas of apple compote with cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, it delights with a secret softness, aromas of creamy chocolate, plus orange blossom and in the finish a fine smokiness and a pinch of black pepper. (Expertise)

  38. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      toffee
      sherry
      chocolate (mars)
      cinnamon
      salty
      spicy
      intensive
      clove
      raspberry
      banana
    • Taste
      90 90
      oily
      sherry
      salty
      toffee
      rasberry
      clove
      bitter
      charcoal
      soft smoke
    • Finish
      90 90
      leathery
      peaty
      soft smoke
      clove
      nettle tea
      black pepper
      herbs
      medium long finish

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