Benromach 2009

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
11 years old
Batch 04
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Jun 2020 10:49 am by j.nolti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 55.48

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45 × member ratings

87 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benromach 2009

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.19 points

  1. 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
    • Finish
      87 87
      F: enveloping quince jam, a little leather astringency

  2. 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.

  3. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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.

  4. 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....

  5. 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

  6. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. TP-Darknight 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)

  9. elipszis scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    charcoal, herb, dark chocolate, black pepper, citrus, soft smoke,


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