BenRiach 10-year-old

Overall rating
84.29/100
votes
173
Whiskybase ID
WB165511
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Smoky Ten
Bottled
30.09.2020
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels, Jamaican Rum, Virgin Oak
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LP41429
Barcode
5060399687300
Added on
13 sep 2020 11:12 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 43.39

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 10-year-old

29 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.29 points.

  1. 2ndSip 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.

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  3. Opeth83 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Not a big fan of modern Benriach, this one is not my favourite too. I always taste butter in Benriach. I do not like that in my whisky.

  4. dercaptain scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Cold greasy wood smoke on the nose, sweet, fruity (berries), also light apple and cereal notes. (The current character of Benriach?)

    It's similar in the mouth anyway, but here I find a fine herbal note and a little more spice.

  5. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Romanino scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    A good peaty simple whisky. The only issue was that everything in this whisky is too soft. No punch, no character. However considering price (35EUR) it is a good value for your money.
    N: smoke, honey, saltiness
    T: soft smoke, fruity sweetness, a touch of spice in the background
    F: dry, smoky, spicy

  7. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Bright color. Rather thin consistency.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Lots of smoke. Smoked meats. Some salt. Smoldering wood.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Smoke. Light sweetness. Salt. Smoldering wood.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Salinity. Smoke. White pepper. Salt. Caramel. Salty caramel. Medium-length finish.

  8. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A fruity affair. Very neat for a standard. The smoke is rather restrained, especially in terms of smell, but the taste and finish are definitely formative, but without overpowering the other aromas. A nice round, fresh fruity companion for a cozy summer evening.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A very fruity nose! Pineapple, lemons, vineyard peach - beautifully light fruity with a slight tendency towards the tropical fruit palette. The rum casks left a good impression. The fruits are joined by a torrent of vanilla and again and again a hint of fresh hay and meadows. Some cinnamon and nutmeg also intervene in the olfactory spectrum. The smoke, like burnt hay or forest floor, lies subtly in the background and draws an arc around the other aromas and holds them together.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A very pleasant soft and creamy mouthfeel. The idiosyncratic smoke of burnt hay and meadow is much more present in the taste than in the nose and is there from the start, together with a decent spiciness with light pepper/ginger associations. The bright fruits from the nose are also evident in the mouth, paired with a nice honey sweetness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish can be described as quite long. In addition to the smoke components, which now tend more towards charcoal, the sweetness, together with the fruits and a warming note of ginger, linger longer in the mouth. The wood, here probably mainly from the Virgin Oak Casks, is less noticeable on the nose and in the taste, but all the more clearly in the finish.

  9. Jabarkas scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    I did not like Benriach 10 Curiositas. Yet... This is my new Kilkerran 12 (which is now way too overpriced). Or in other words this is my new everyday dram. I like rums (mainly Bajans from Barbados) so it is not that surprising. This one has rum casks from Jamaica. Furthermore there is so much going on in this bottle. And yet it is so pleasant, that you can enjoy it in peace. In my opinion though, it would be better without the slight spiciness from the virgin oak casks.
    • Nose
      Caramel, sweetness, citrusses, peat, honey, vanilla. Salty as well. Nose is probably the highlight of this dram.
    • Taste
      Caramel, very sweet, rum, dark fruits, sugar, a bit of peat, honey, grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Again some peat, dark fruits, a bit spicy, dark tea.

  10. Hlektrion scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    The average "smoker", completely unsophisticated, but quite tasty. It seemed to me that the new Smoky Ten was less meaty and oily than the old versions of BenRiach Curiositas.
    • Nose
      Very smoky, peppery, with notes of the sea (salt, iodine, seaweed).
    • Taste
      Smoked products, spices, lemon, iodine and a little salt.
    • Finish
      Medium length, oily, strongly smoked, peppery, salty, with oaky notes at the very end.

  12. Matthias80 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Tried the new Stadnard bottlings at a trade fair and they were convincing. There are quite a few everyday tricks that don't hurt either on the tongue or in the wallet.
    • Nose
      Smoke, zest, apple, fresh fruit are there. I thought it didn't necessarily need the smoke here, but it didn't bother me.
    • Taste
      Apple, smoke, citrus, there is also a little honey sweetness. No fault, no sharpness, not too complex, but I don't expect that here.
    • Finish
      Somewhat drier here, smoke and apples dominate.

  13. valasios scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  14. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

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

    • Nose
      82 82
      Peat smoke with maritime notes, honey, vanilla, citrus, 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.

  16. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 86 points Expert 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".

  17. wisekyofcourse 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

  18. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite light country peat, with nuances of vanilla, candied lemon, cane sugar. Grapefruit cooked, caramelized on the edges. A zest of blood orange. Artichoke heart. Hay, dried wheat in the background. All earthy, dusty. Evanescent smoke. But it's still very tasty. On the palate, 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 comes out very skilfully, quite long, coconut icing, very ripe pineapple. Licorice stick.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/04/benriach-smoky-ten-10-yo.html
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

  20. maurisso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    More delicate compared to the old Curiositas. Promosso!

  21. Wolf68 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  22. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice daily dram that is well worth the money.
    • Nose
      smoky, sweet with citrus fruits, a little nutty, spicy
    • Taste
      light smoke, quite sweet, fruity, nutty, vanilla, spicy
    • Finish
      smoky and spicy, a little bitter and dry at the beginning, later becoming a little sweeter, quite short

  23. Svjatogor scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

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

  24. bvrsky scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  25. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 83 points Expert 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.

  26. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  27. wisekyofcourse 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

  28. Dogs2 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  29. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    sweet smoke, salt, fresh yellow and green fruits, honey
    a little dirty hay from a stable, it smells good in the nostrils
    mouth:
    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 .
    final:
    surprisingly long enough, monolithic yes but for this almost given price, it is a good choice to get down to it.

  30. blackjacob scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  31. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Greengages

    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.

  32. Captain Teague scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

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