BenRiach 10-year-old

Overall rating
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
Bottle code
Added on
13 Sep 2020 11:12 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 43.71

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31 × member ratings

39 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 10-year-old

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.41 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. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Samwise2020 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Captain Teague scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Svjatogor scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    n: smoke, bonfire, sour, citrus, salty
    t: smoke, spicy
    a: smoke, bonfire, citrus

  8. bvrsky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  9. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Aroma is rich and alluring with a mix of earthy-malty-peaty notes and fruity-dessert-sweet notes combining and blending nicely; Palate carries an added herbal undertone, but on the whole, comes through a bit muted compared to the palate; Finish picks up the most peat but stays rather fruity.

  10. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    different from 12 by the barrel of rum (Hampden?) bought at the time of the old masterblender, unique by the characteristic sweet scent, more vegetal, herbaceous with the sugar cane back, fresh peat, vegetable earth peat and rum .
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83


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