BenRiach 10-year-old

Overall rating
81.66/100
votes
193
Whiskybase ID
WB165510
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Original Ten
Bottled
22.07.2020
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Casks & Virgin Oak
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LP41291
Barcode
5060399680547
Added on
13 sep 2020 11:12 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 38.12

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 10-year-old

40 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.66 points.

  1. 2ndSip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Fruity on the nose, then more spice in the taste, whereby the fruit aromas and sweetness also come through on the second sip.
    Personally, I even prefer it to the 12.
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky -> but do I need a (second) bottle?]
    • Nose
      82 82
      initially a lot of fruit in the nose; light fruits (ripe pear, fresh apricot, yellow apple) with powdered sugar.
      Hints of honey and caramel that become clearer over time. A little cinnamon comes out.
      Light herbal notes in the background.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Quite soft at the start and with very spicy aromas (cinnamon, nutmeg).
      The fruits are there, but they are somewhat suppressed by the oak aromas.
      The tongue and mouth are quickly dried out. A slightly bitter note emerges (dark chocolate), but luckily it does not turn into bitterness.
      Second sip: even softer, this time with more sweetness and also more fruit. The spices remain, but give more space for the fruit flavors.
      Third sip: Sweet and it will be creamier on the tongue, even if there is a certain tingling spice.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium-long finish with the light fruits and especially the spicy aromas. Oak becomes a bit more dominant at the back.
      He's also getting drier.

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  3. SimondeVette scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Not very interesting. Light and okay balanced. Sherry is mostly in the nose
    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey, hint of sherry, citrus
    • Taste
      Some honey, vanilla, caramel, some sherry, salt licorice
    • Finish
      Not very long, sherry, vanilla, citrus

  4. sertustar scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    A bourbon, sherry and virgin oak cask matured whisky.

    On the nose it feels younger than 10 years of age. There's very little peat with mostly vanilla, mint and eucalyptus notes coming forward. I also get ripe banana, pear, lemon, orange and baked fruit alongside nutty, woody and tea notes.

    The palate is creamy and round with licorice, vanilla, salted caramel, apple, pear marzipan, cinnamon and honey.

    The finish is medium in length with spicy notes followed by citric and salted caramel notes. It's an ok dram, nothing to remember.

  5. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. dercaptain scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Cereal notes and a mealy apple can be found on the nose.

    In the mouth I find a nice sweet and a fruity apple with light caramel.

    Slightly better in the mouth than in the nose. Nice light and fruity whisky

  7. hafssol scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    The renewed version of the classic ten y.o. by Benriach is focused on the three different cask types used for getting the final result. Sherry influence is clear on the nose, offering rich sweet fruity notes, while virgin oak and bourbon casks quickly become predominant on the palate. While the first one is pleasantly warming and quite typical for the Speyside distillery, the latter turn out into a flavour profile a bit flat, with lots of wood notes overwhelming the basic honey sweetness of the malt and even traces of sharpness despite the 43 abv.  

    Even if the previous version (which I enjoyed much: 84/100) is an obvious comparison, it seems that’s not only a matter of label that make this one different. The three woods experiment steps this one for sure a bit aside from the “typical Speyside”, but after a promising nose the overall outcome is a bit too flat and weak in character, yet not unpleasant. Easy, unchallenging drink, suitable for a relaxed summer evening.

  8. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  9. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Honey, grass, melon, orchard fruits, earth, vanilla, oak. Slightly savoury, especially on the palate. A touch of nutmeg. Very subtle smoke in the background. A drop of water opens it up nicely. Nothing outstanding, but very tasty and great value.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. MarcinCh scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Bright color. Whisky is not oily.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Fruit. Peaches. Some caramel and vanilla. Maybe some ripe apples and pears.
    • Taste
      77 77
      A bit of oak. Fruit. Spices.
    • Finish
      77 77
      A pinch of spices. A bit of oak. Caramel. Fruit.

  11. Hlektrion scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  12. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    An uncomplicated, young and slightly rough whisky with an excessive malt component.
    • Nose
      Restrained, with a bias towards the malt component, with hints of caramel, young bark, Duchess soda and a hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      Malty, caramel, slightly peppery, slightly smoked, with a hint of soda.
    • Finish
      Short, with hints of white bread and burnt sugar, with an almost imperceptible smoky nuance.

  13. DannyDram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla biscuits, fine tobacco, leather, subtle fruitiness. Thin, somewhat watery, cane sugar sweetness, one-dimensional, moderate intensity.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. GlenWim scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  15. Expraesi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. Kraddell scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    October 2021 Pours a clear, light pale gold. Scent is higher in alcohol than expected. Sharp, woody, some cinnamon almost, by the wood. Very bright, but a tad 'generic' perhaps. Taste is sharp, strong booze presence . Mild vaniline, strong wood (tad drying) . A nice - rather generic perhaps - whisky. Maltyness remains quite full. Enjoyable. 73/100

    November 2021 - Rerate @ spirits in the sky.
    Perceived a bit more fruityness now, not much else different to the original rating. Did score it a bit higher at this time ( 76/100) . Merging both to 74/100 (giving the adventage to the seperate degustation rather than the festival and it's palate fatigue )

  17. aw-home scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      Sherry and citrus fruits with honey, vanilla and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sherry fruits with honey, vanilla, citrus fruits, spices and oak aromas.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium length with vanilla, sherry and citrus fruits, honey and oak aromas.

  18. Matthias80 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Not bad for a beginner. Not a mistake and complex enough. Nothing surprising, of course, but fine.
    • Nose
      Citrus notes are the main aroma, followed by some zest, overall a really fruity bouquet. But rather a bit strict.
    • Taste
      Again the citrus notes, ripe apple and honey aromas. The malt becomes sweeter, there are caramel notes and even more citrus. Then I still find very light mineral notes.
    • Finish
      Caramel, citrus, apple. Not too long, but OK.

  19. whisky_knight scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    According to BenRiach’s Brand Ambassador (who was hosting this tasting), the current core lineup with the 3 Cask Matured style (and the older age statements using 4 Casks) was established by Dr. Rachel Barrie (GlenDronach’s Master Blender) who also oversaw Benriach when Billy Walker sold both distilleries. Considering the excellent work Dr. Barrie has done over at GlenDronach, we couldn’t wait to see how Benriach would turn out.

    The Benriach Original Ten (Aged 10 Years) is approachable and a solid dram. It’s not a legendary standout, but for $50 US (£37), this is a great value. It tastes like a easy-drinking Speysider, welcoming and not watered down, even if it’s only 43% ABV. Hats off to Dr. Rachel Barrie for creating an entry-level bottle that is legitimately enjoyable even for hardcore whisky fans.

    It’s not the most complex dram, but if I was at a bar that had Benriach Original Ten, I’d be glad to order it as a starting dram for the night.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Vanilla, apples, grassy, gentle. There’s very little ABV burn even from a fresh pour.
    • Taste
      79 79
      A touch thin on the mouthfeel. Light orchard fruits, honey, apple, apricots, vanilla, light ginger. On the mid-palate, light oak, new wood, slight bitterness that helps balance out the sweet notes.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Medium. Light ginger, apples, fading honey.

  20. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Benriach The Original Ten 10 yr old 43%. "Three cask matured".

    Pale yellow.

    Aroma of stewed apples, Nice biscuits and custard creams, soft vanilla oak, vanilla fudge with a squeeze of lemon, some custard. Clean pleasant aroma.

    Taste is very easy, not a rough edge to be seen, vanilla tart, more custard creams, well-integrated oak, touch of green bell pepper and white pepper in the finish, along with rusk biscuits. Drinks as easy as water.

    Very clean and well-made. Pretty much the perfect example of a vanilla Scotch whisky (in all senses of the word). The only cask type of the three I can taste is refill American oak. It's a very good clean drinkable whisky. Nothing fancy, just super-solid. Blind I'd probably have it down as an accomplished blended Scotch. 3.5/84

  21. ea teasse scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Taking the price into account, this whisky offers some complexity and development that isn't found that often in the 30/35euros range. So well done Benriach. Recommended. In the same league as the new Arran 10 for me.

  22. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Meh! Afaik it lost a big part of what makes BenRiach's distillate stand out from the rest. Not bad, the new 10 but there's plenty of alternatives leaving this one a bit faceless. P.S. New bottle shape is fine but are kinda ... meh. ;-)

  23. besar scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/05/27/spotlight-on-benriach-a-world-of-flavour/

    The 10yo is made up from bourbon barrels, sherry casks, and virgin oak – unsurprisingly perhaps, much like Billy Walker’s current Glenallachie’s then.
    N: Crisp, sweetish, sawdusty, a hint of peat,.. not a great deal else to see.

    T: Starting crisp yet watery, it moves swiftly towards a briny sawn woodiness that is brought on, we are told, by virgin casks that Benriach has been utilising as a part of its maturation program since the 1980s. The honeyed fruit sweet notes that our host [Stewart Buchanan] suggests we look out for here, are overshadowed on this occasion by our [superior] warm-up dram – Glenmorangie’s ‘Original’ 10.

    F: Light brine, sawdusty, drying,…

    C: Though not particularly kind on the palate, overall, it’s decent enough. Thank goodness for the peat.

  25. dimaka scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

  26. Deckbutt scored this whisky 76 points Member Junior

    Eye: light-amber like

    Nose: involatile, feels like "behind the wall", dried fruits, fruits overall, little of burnt wood and delicate smoke

    Palate: At first delicate, but intense sweetness, followed by spicy warmth, fruity, a bit oily and delicately maritime

    Finish: Mildy long, but very enjoyable, sweet and fruity

    Overall I would feinitely recommend this whisky as a dessert-time one.

  27. MLE scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  28. zoanaan scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  29. maurisso scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A great aperitif.

  30. tester1277 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Sweeter and stronger with water
    • Nose
      Sweet and fresh fruits, oak
    • Taste
      slightly sweet, then spicy
    • Finish
      medium long, a bit bitter

  31. RoytjeV scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  32. Tim-R scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky for price
    • Nose
      70 70
      Slightly fruity
    • Taste
      75 75
      Strong, dry. Light sweetness
    • Finish
      75 75
      Medium short finish

  33. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Not particularly complex, but a perfectly acceptable malt for the price range.
    • Nose
      light fruits, alcohol is slightly present, some nuts and slightly sweet,
    • Taste
      Malty, somewhat sweet, light fruits, slightly sour.
    • Finish
      short, sweet with malt and light fruits, slightly nutty

  34. Svjatogor scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    n: fruit, strong, apples, pears, berries, fruit compote, oak, honey
    t: light, fruit
    a: oak, nuts, fruit, short

  35. Squinugie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  36. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  37. Till90 scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Nice young whisky
    The alcohol is wonderfully integrated, the marriage of the different barrels worked very well here
    • Nose
      Fruity nose, mano, degree, vanilla paired with light sherry notes
    • Taste
      Sweet toast, light citrus notes, virgin oak and a hint of raisins
    • Finish
      In the finish, a light rubber note and sweetness of vanilla

      Lingers in the mouth for a long time

  38. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Aroma is a tad waxy, not Clyenlish level, and has a nice earthy-malty character that sits alongside a warm fruitiness that comes through like a gourmet fruit candy; Palate is rather basic but is good and fruity with a strong malty presence that’s super easy to sip and enjoy; Finish is warm, soft and fruity.

  39. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    fresh, fruity, mild sherry, caramelized
    mouth:
    a little peppery spices, more fatty and greedy than the original, combination of fresh (apple and pear) and cooked fruits, a little woody on the way back; vanilla, bitterness there with cooked almonds
    final:
    simple and short, on the same scents, more vanilla.
    • Finish
      on a bourbon cask, new and old and an oloroso
      2nd filling barrel like those of Benromach to let the distillate speak.

  40. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Spicy Entry Level Malt

    Late summer 2020 BenRiach launched a new core range. Bottles and tubes got a new look, but more importantly: Rachel Barrie (my muze with Auchentoshan a few years ago, remember?) created this new ‘The Original Ten’ from a completely new recipe. Three types of wood come into play: bourbon, sherry and virgin oak. A tidbit of knowledge: this is the only one of the new range that is bottled at 43%, the others are bottled at 46%. Let’s get to work!

    The nose is soft and very accessible with lots of fruit like nectarines, apples and pears, but also melon and apricots. The virgin oak adds some extra spiciness, including vanilla and cedar wood.

    The body is just fine and the malt is immediately both sweet and spicy. Vanilla and caramel, but also some nutmeg and chili peppers. The fruit is limited to overripe pear and apricots, but is joined now by some woodsmoke and nuts. And a freshly baked croissant! Lovely.

    The vanilla, nuts and spices linger in the medium long finish. I’m actually getting cozy and warm.

    Man’s best friend with balls, thanks to the spices. Around 35 to 40 EUR, which I find very acceptable. Great entry level malt.

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