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 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
13 Sep 2020 11:12 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 45.29

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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 84.69 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 Junior

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

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fairly light country peat, with nuances of vanilla, candied lemon, cane sugar. Cooked grapefruit, caramelized around the edges. A zest of blood orange. Artichoke heart. Hay, dried wheat in the background. All earthy, dusty. Evanescent smoke. But it remains very greedy. In the mouth, the acidity of lemon, the fruitiness of a yellow plum, mirabelle plum, and spices. Peanuts, white pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon. In the finish, the vanilla lemon emerges in a very skilful way, quite long, coconut icing, very ripe pineapple. Licorice stick.

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

  9. Myke scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Fruity on the nose, spicy and peppery in the taste with a pleasant smoke component, which is not as strong as an Islay malt.
    Nice standard, but nothing special either. Overall, I personally find the 10s almost better than the 12s - but everyone has to decide for themselves.
    [85 - 81 = delicious -> get a second bottle if price is within the range]
    • Nose
      pleasantly sweet smoke, which on the one hand has a slightly medicinal-phenolic effect, but on the other hand also has a certain campfire smoke - nice combination.
      Behind it light fruits: pear, especially juicy peach. In addition, a bit more exotic towards mango and sweet pineapple (grilled pineapple).
      Light spices and herbs also appear, but are not as pronounced as the fruit aroma.
    • Taste
      gentle start, peppery flavor comes with a delay, but is then clearly noticeable; this is where the oak aroma comes through. The smoke is clearly retarded in taste and can only be guessed at.
      Second sip: spice again, a little more fruit. The campfire character is more noticeable again. Over time, it encounters a sparkling aroma; but is not too extreme.
      Third sip: sweeter and creamier on the tongue.
    • Finish
      medium to long finish. In particular, the smoky aroma with spice stays in the mouth for a long time. It always looks ashier with a tobacco-leather note.
      But nothing more comes.

  10. maurisso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    More delicate compared to the old Curiositas. Promosso!


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