BenRiach 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Smoky Ten
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon Barrels, Jamaican Rum, Virgin Oak
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
13 Sep 2020 11:12 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 45.33

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 10-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.59 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    sweet smoke, salt, fresh yellow and green fruits, honey
    a little dirty hay from a stable, it smells good in the nostrils
    peppery spices, white pepper, sea salt with the seaweed that goes around, it's creamy and honeyed again,
    the fruits on syrup of juicy apples and peaches, plums, the juice of a plum crushed under his shoe and the sugar that emerges from it; a little cooked coconut milk for the sweetness and various spices which perfume in the mouth, return of seaweed, pleasant salty spray, which changes the eternal peat-lemon!
    the smoke is on the front, but the peat arrives there heavier, always a little fatty with, the alcoholic degree makes the difference with "vulgar" 40 and 43 °, here it is the little more which gives more marked scents .
    surprisingly long enough, monolithic yes but for this almost given price, it is a good choice to get down to it.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    BenRiach has been known for it’s peated expressions so clearly this had to be included in the totally new core range. This was a distillate from both peated and unpeated barley and matured on a combination of bourbon casks, virgin oak and Jamaican rum casks. It is clear that Rachel Barrie got access to whatever the warehouses had to offer and used that playground to BenRiach’s advantage. By the way: this is bottled at 46%, while the unpeated version – The Original Ten – has to make do with 43%.

    The smokiness is delicate and supportive, certainly not dominating. What is dominating are the apples and greengages, as well as some honey and… coconut! Truly good and fun too.

    It could have done with a bit more body I suppose. This is a bit light. But the taste is just fine: honey, peach, greengages, coconut and then a soft layer of smoke on top that brings along some cinnamon and candied ginger.

    I am pleasantly surprised in the finish by salted butter, creamy honey and vanilla, but mostly the smokiness that just lingers on. My mouth turns cozily warm. At the death the greengages appear once more and thus form the leitmotif of this malt.

    Lovely, friendly priced, peated BenRiach. Around 45 EUR.

  3. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Samwise2020 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. blackjacob scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Nothing much appealing too me with this whisky. Too light and too sickly sweet. Not for me sadly.

  6. Captain Teague scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice Daily - find it even more interesting then the 12 Smoky.

  7. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. aw-home scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Peat smoke with maritime notes, honey, vanilla, citrus fruits, spices, herbs and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Peat smoke with vanilla, green apples, maritime notes, honey, coconut, spices, herbs and oak aromas.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long with peat smoke, vanilla, maritime notes, citrus fruits, spices, oak aromas, herbs and coconut.

  9. UnmarkedDoor scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    I think the cask selection has worked really well with the spirit here. Somewhat delicate for a peated whisky, but that only plays to the strengths of this particular dram.

    The Rum and virgin oak together have given the sweetness a tropical nature. That, contrasted and complemented with the finely tuned level of Highland peat smoke, conjures the scene of a hot Scottish campfire recently extinguished using only Piña Coladas.

    I quite enjoyed Fire & Cane, but this, despite having some superficial similarities, is a cut above.
    • Nose
      Peat. Not Islay peat. This has a bit more London Zoo about it. Spiced apple/rhubarb crumble filling (with no topping) that's been cooked down and some of the edges have caramelised and burnt. Sugar cane. Dying pine campfire. Canary melon.
    • Taste
      Apple cider as I inhale, then sweet whipped coconut cream on the tongue. Some tropical fruit like green banana a bit of charred pineapple make a showing, with a rising but gentle undercurrent of dry smoke. Spice appears as notes of candied ginger and measured white pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat smoke, vanilla-rum-spice, coconut milk, ginger and liquorice root. Takes place on "Island Time".

  10. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    earthy peat, it stings in the mouth!
    smoked bacon, a vegetal, minty side, the bourbon, oloroso and Jamaican rum type gives a sweet sensation, of sugar cane, fresh cane juice
    the peat also becomes sweet and the grilled, caramelized bacon
    simple but very effective considering the price!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85


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