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Benromach 2009

Overall rating
86.41/100
votes
122
Whiskybase ID
WB160343
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2020
Calculated age
11 years old
Casknumber
Batch 04
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5020613076778
Added on
12 jun 2020 10:49 am by j.nolti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 58.34

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122 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 2009

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.41 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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 subdued 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

  4. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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....

  8. 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

  9. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      toffee
      sherry
      chocolate (mars)
      cinnamon
      salty
      spicy
      intensive
      clove
      raspberry
      banana
    • Taste
      91 91
      oily
      sherry
      salty
      toffee
      rasberry
      clove
      bitter
      charcoal
      soft smoke
    • Finish
      91 91
      leathery
      peaty
      soft smoke
      clove
      nettle tea
      black pepper
      herbs
      medium long finish

  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 Junior

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

  20. JoachimV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • 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
      87 87
      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 Expert Senior

    • 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. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  27. 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.

  28. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Ninofdram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  30. 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)

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