BenRiach 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Original Ten
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Casks & Virgin Oak
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
13 Sep 2020 11:12 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 40.04

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47 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 10-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.78 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    fresh, fruity, mild sherry, caramelized
    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
    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Deckbutt scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    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.

  4. MLE scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  5. zoanaan scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  6. Myke 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.

  7. maurisso scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A great aperitif.

  8. tester1277 scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

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

  9. RoytjeV scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

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

  10. 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


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