Benromach 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
1st Fill Bourbon & Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Sep 2020 9:15 am by Astrid

Average value

€ 146.38

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 21-year-old

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.30 points

  1. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: First of all, it is difficult to cope with this enormous load of aromas. The Benromach pours extremely full from the 1920's Blenders glass and the first thing that strikes you immediately are ripe oranges. But also apples in the form of applesauce, dark grapes, vanilla sauce, milk chocolate, cinnamon, dust, wet wood, sweet dates and, over time, cream. The otherwise typical smoke stays very discreetly in the background, but is always subliminally involved.

    Taste: Still voluminous and pleasantly powerful for 43% vol. Again, the oranges are in the foreground and are now accompanied by more intense smoke, red apple, cinnamon, freshly ground black pepper, cane sugar, Earl Gray, milk chocolate, and now something hearty, like bouillon (umami). On the tongue, the expected sweetness fades into the background and gives way to spicy, woody aromas.

    Finish: Long, spicy, woody and pleasantly dry with dark chocolate, orange zest and a hint of mint.

    Conclusion: Not a snap at around 140 €, but worth the money without any ifs or buts. I'm sure a bit biased because I think the distillery is great. Nevertheless, I think this bottling is absolutely successful and I am a little annoyed that my bottle is already empty after the division. A completely different topic, however, is the question of whether the price jump from 60-70 € compared to the 15 yo is justified. I have to say there is nothing like the 15-year-old. However, if you prefer something a bit more exclusive, the Benromach 21 is definitely the right choice.

  2. Schreiraupe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Coming up: Benromach 21y & Benromach 15y.
    How does the new 21er compare to the delicious 15er. Is double the price justified ...
    • Nose
      89 89
      Benromach 21y:
      Very diacetyl-heavy, buttery caramel, walnut, orange oil, sweet sherry aromas, dry oak spice, cinnamon, marzipan, baked apple, milk chocolate, a nuance of smoke

      Benromach 15y:
      Vegetable, hay, cornflowers, thyme, the sherry aromas are weaker than those of the 21st, fresh oak, light smoke, mineral, cocoa
    • Taste
      89 89
      Benromach 21y:
      sweet wood spice, buttery bitter orange, milk coffee, dried cranberries, beautifully woven light smokiness, sweet and spicy sherry

      Benromach 15y:
      Sour cherries, softwood, cinnamon, medium smoky note, apples, nice bourbon sherry mix
    • Finish
      88 88
      Benromach 21y:
      bittersweet, slightly furry, sour sherry note, medium length

      Benromach 15y:
      sweet campfire smoke, tobacco, milk coffee, long and pleasant

      Conclusion :
      2 very different whiskys, both nevertheless with the typical distillery character.
      The 21er has the larger proportion of sherry and is deeper, more elegant and hardly smoky. The 15er is wilder, more vegetal and scores with the finish.
      21er 89 P / 15er 88 P
      I think the price of the 21 is justified because it is a lot more elegant.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The Benromach 21 Years shows an entire new side of this distillery.
    • Nose
      So extremely elegant yet rich. Oranges, milk chocolate, leather and tobacco leaves, with just a tinge of triple sec. Subtle whispers of fudge, damp oak and a very gentle barbecue note. Finally just a whisper of honey and some intriguing umami notes.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouthfeel. The oak is quite dominant, without veering over the edge. Somewhat dry with a tinge of black pepper and breakfast tea, but also fudge, brown sugar and orange peel. Whispers of menthol and earthy smoke.
    • Finish
      Somewhat oaky with gentle spices and citrus peels. Medium in length.

  4. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, this Benromach. Uncomplicated - not overly complex - but well done.
    Would I want to spend 100+ on a whole bottle? Certainly not, but I like the sample. The note of braised red small apples reminds me a little of the Benriach 25.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Apple and cinnamon rolls, fruit slices with dried figs, a touch of local herbs (lovage, rosemary) and old brass handles.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very smooth (this should only be understood positively in the sense of elegant understatements). Braised apples with honey.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A little wood smoke, a little grapefruit and slightly astringent now shows the age.

  5. tribe scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Malt, roasted nuts and subtle, fine smoke, oily and old school
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wow, my best benromach to date. Thick with jam with strawberries and orange juice, syrupy sugar, vanilla, malt and light smoke. There are also fruits and it combines almost perfectly. Great part and tastes like the long gone Malta. Keep it up I like it. Top
    • Finish
      89 89
      The taste fades and the sweetness remains. No pepper or anything spicy. great

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Too soft and expensive to actually buy a bottle, but it's the kind of whisky that I would love to find on a menu when traveling (on a plane or train, preferably late at night).
    Just extremely mellow and relaxed, not worth racking your brains over, but complex enough to provide some lovely liquid company.
    • Nose
      89 89
      This is a supremely mellow, laid-back and settled-down, generously sherried nose, with lots of old-age charm, but it has to be said: there's certainly a bit of sulphur involved (gunpowder, firecrackers). Lots of spices: cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps even an idea of spicy red curry powder. Wild honey, bramble jam, liquorice, coffee, and a vegetal touch (mashed potatoes and beetroots). The smoke is there, leathery and earthy, but it's (again:) super mellow and reduced. I have to say I'm surprised by the overall intensity; this does not feel weak at 43%. As far as the nose goes, this is my favorite Benromach yet.

      [Edit: after leaving the 5 cl sample bottle half full/empty for a about three weeks, the sulphuric aromas have vanished almost completely, so I guess a full-size bottle would behave similarly.]
    • Taste
      86 86
      Indeed slightly sulphuric to start with, then the red fruits appear, then the smoke and the spices, with a lot of leather and coffee and chocolate as an underlying theme. A splash of citrus accompanies everything throughout. Bit of a fizzy, pseudo-carbonated mouthfeel (ginger beer?), which is weird. Very pleasant, but it really is criminally underpowered at 43% and, as a consequence, a bit flat and not super complex.

      [Edit: on the palate, the sulphur is still clearly noticeable, even after three weeks of aeration.]
    • Finish
      88 88
      Plenty of oak spices, which comes as no surprise given the typical Benromach first-fill recipe. Peat smoke, dark chocolate, leather, and liquorice. Pretty long despite the low ABV.

  7. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful whisky that 3% would have done well. The 43% is particularly noticeable in the finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Malt, Oami, date sweetness, orange, fig, vanilla and lots of apples. The smoke can only be heard from a distance. The nose is very full and complex.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Orange peel, multivitamin juice, applesauce and light cloves. The taste still brings a bit of a raisin aroma with it. The sherry influence can be clearly felt, the smoke is just very delicate. Minimal bitterness comes towards the end. The mouthfeel is full despite the 43% assumed
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is unfortunately only of medium length, here it lacks the percentages.

  8. prz22 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant surprise, very nicely balanced sweetness, good nose, satisfying dram!

  9. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good sherried Romach with distinct Oloroso nuttiness. Reminds me of Deanston 20. Perhaps slight sulphur off notes but well-integrated and should only annoy very susceptible maltsters. Powerful enough to hold its own at 43% abv. but bottling it a higher strength might've resulted in a higher score. Price is debatable, but many are these days.

  10. The_Osprey scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Benromach 21yo 43%. Consumed Dec 2020. Aroma is apple pie. Nutmeg. Spiritous egg custard tart. Milky. Some cumin. Custard sawdust. Odd nose really. Taste is light and easy on delivery. Indistinct but punchy barrel character. Not what I would call 'furry' but sort of gives a vibe of reconstituted wood. Vanilla and sherry muddled together. It's okay. Lacks definition and I would be disappointed buying a full bottle at the cost. But it's not a bad whisky. (3.25/78)


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