Benromach 21-year-old

Overall rating
86.95/100
votes
333
Whiskybase ID
WB165551
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
29.08.2020
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Design
Barcode
5020613079151
Added on
15 sep 2020 9:15 am by Astrid
Uncolored

Average value

€ 156.63

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Whisky reviews for Benromach 21-year-old

84 users have left 85 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.95 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. TheWhiskySloth scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The nose is quite pleasant but it feels as if the wood has taken over which is apparent in the flavour and the finish. It lacks power and is somewhat disappointing.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Brown sugar and cinnamon dusted baked apple strudel, a little marzipan, sponge cakes & lady fingers with some tinned peach.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Light mouthfeel with sugary red apple but it’s a touch sour, drying and spiced with walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and leathery tannicity.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Bitter apple skins, tart apple and leather. Dry and tannic.

  5. Demigod18 scored this whisky 72 points Newbie

    Pure Rubber

  6. glen efze scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A Benromach with a proud 21 years, which now costs 150 €. A steep price for a whisky that, with a miserable 43% vol. That's where it comes from and is therefore certainly also chill-filtered. The color is natural and dark golden.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      On the nose it is subtle, the smoke is only weak. The wood note is strong, combined with yeast and sweet fruits, maybe some peach and mango. Overall, however, the aromas are quite restrained.
    • Taste
      In the taste, unfortunately, there is the greasy-soapy sulfur note, which I don't like at all. Neither the smoke nor the other aromas can compete with it. The wood is also strong with some fresh sawdust. Otherwise it remains quite thin and cannot keep up with the other Benromachs in the tasting series.
    • Finish
      Soapy wood remains on the palate, when it disappears there is still some smoke, which makes the finish more pleasant but cannot save it either.

      Against the Benromachs with 46% vol. and more this whisky can't keep up. It's watery and thin in flavors that don't quite match the wood and sulfur. Luckily there are so much better and cheaper Benromach out there. It's by no means worth the money. Too bad for the really great distillery.

  7. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Elmer_Fudd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful complex Benromach. Unfortunately, it only has an alcohol percentage of 43%.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Delicious sherry aromas, citrus fruit, ginger, oak and fine accents of peat smoke.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Unfortunately, this Benromach is not carried by a higher alcohol percentage. Black pepper, orange, raspberry, apples and sweet spices.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In the short to medium finish it has notes of oak and soft peat smoke.

  11. DocF scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I was allowed to try this one at a trade fair for little money. What can I say, sulfur and not a little wood, I can't stand the former at all, and to taste only a little smoke. All in all the worst Benromach standard yet and I love the 10/15yo.

  12. JoachimV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Milk chocolate, oranges, caramelized apples, leather and tobacco leaves.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Chocolate, oranges, marzipan, honey, ginger, pepper, ginger and a cherry of a frangipanne.
      This feels much fuller than the average 43% whisky.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish.
      Dark chocolate, oranges and ginger.

      Nice and complex whisky, but I don't know if I think it's worth the extra price compared to the 15 year old or the annual cask strength editions.
      I have 3 cl of my 6 cl sample left to try again later.

  13. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Tasty and multi-layered. I especially like it on the nose. Otherwise, I'm a bit torn as to whether a few more percent alcohol would do him good. However, the peppery note in the mouth compensates for this somewhat. Even if, in my opinion, the sherry is a bit more intense than the bourbon, you should definitely not expect a sherry bomb.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/benromach-21-years/
    • Nose
      Slightly sweet and intense, but not overpowering. You immediately notice that you have an older malt in the glass. The sherry is clearly noticeable, the light Benromach smoke is very subtle in the background. The longer you wait, the more it opens up. Over time, the aroma becomes even sweeter with oranges and raisins. The barrels bring some leather and furniture polish with them. There is also a sour component of sour cherries and citrus fruits. Aromas of oak slowly build up and finally remind me of freshly cut oak wood. The smoke is almost imperceptible after a few minutes, the sweetness brings associations of applesauce and honey. A slightly cooling feeling in the nose reminds me of mint.
    • Taste
      It spreads very softly in the mouth. The taste builds up slowly, just like the nose, and is even a bit sweeter than the aroma. Again the sherry is in the foreground and I can find oranges, cherries, raisins and prunes. I also have a sour component on the tongue, even if the citrus fruits have clearly receded into the background. After a few seconds it gets a bit spicier with Christmas spices, nuts (especially almonds) and a mouth-filling peppery note.
    • Finish
      It is just as soft on the finish as it is on the entry. At first, sweet fruits are still dominant, but the sweetness disappears quite quickly. Raisins and nuts remain, as well as a slight hint of peat smoke. There are also delicate oak notes and a cooling feeling of menthol in the throat. The finish is relatively long.

  14. Nosingbär scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious in the nosing with 91 points, strong drop in the taste because there is hardly any mouthfeel, the aromas are very weak
    and look watery. 85 points. Departure is then a little better with 87 points, the aromas come through better here again. The finish is long
    and characterized by tart sherry spices and candied fruit, which you can chew on with relish. For me it is comparable to a
    few limited edition and christmas bottlings from Glenfarclas that go more in the nutty, sweet, domesticated direction.
    But it is clearly inferior due to the low alcohol strength and the higher purchase price.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Cappuccino with cocoa on it. nut brittle. walnut ice cream Amarena cherries, plums, dates. Rum-soaked raisins. Marzipan.
      Elegant, sweet, dessert-heavy. Clearly sherry cask elements, but definitely not dominated by sherry, no sherry board.
      The smoke is very restrained and strongly intertwined with the aromas. To me, expresses itself in a sour, funky note like
      of slightly overripe kiwis, with a pinch of salt and liquorice. Reminds of experimental Zotter chocolate where supposedly
      flavors that cannot be combined harmoniously meet. Rosehip Jam. Toffee.
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, fragile, sour, spicy. unfortunately watery mouthfeel. The presence of the aromas is not reflected in the taste.
      Although there is some. Bitter sherry dominates the taste, I hardly notice the bourbon barrel, maybe toffee in the background. nuts, cinnamon.
      A touch of cold smoke. Overripe cherries. Espresso.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sour red berries, cinnamon, candied fruit. Panettone.

  15. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  16. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    COLOUR: amber (without dye)

    - a delicious drinkable 21 J. Whisky
    - Pleasant to drink, but not very deep
    - in direct comparison not much better than the old 15 J.
    (before 2020 !)
    - for about 140€ I wouldn't be completely convinced
    buy buy again
    • Nose
      fruity, woody, exotic fruits, no smoke, oak, dry sherry
    • Taste
      Strongly spicy attack, oak (but quite mildly balanced), fruity, lots of dry sherry, very pleasant but unfortunately relatively constant in the development in the mouth, dry aroma
    • Finish
      medium length woody finish ;
      quite short aftertaste

  17. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ...a tasty, pleasant 21-year-old = very good Speyside malt!
    [color:] = amber;
    • Nose
      fruity, tropical fruits, oranges, raisins, dry sherry, spices, fine oak;
    • Taste
      strong, spicy, very fruity, mild, gentle spiciness, walnuts, oak, dry sherry, pleasant, dry aromas of wood;
    • Finish
      medium-length finish, woody, oak spice;

  18. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sherry, dried fruits, nuttiness, mild sweet-sour note, some dark chocolate. An easy drinker. For the price, cask strength might hit the mark.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. weekendwarrior scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    I would have expected a more tamed and mellow whisky after 21 years of aging. It is still good value but definitely below the value I am used to receive by this distillery.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Rather complex. Caramel, baked apple, dust, dates. Later on bergamot and chocolate came forward.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Doesn’t follow as strong as the nose but still a full bodied, meaty Benromach. Sweet, oranges, and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      72 72
      Spicy, dry and tannic.

  20. L_Gillian scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Musty tobacco leafs, chimney soot, orangettes (those chocolate covered orange sweets) laurel leafs, citric salt, brass, some vanilla extract and curry. A heavy kind of sigarette smoke in the background. Really intriguing, yet cozy and comfortable nose.
      There’s more ex-bourbon than expected, definitely not an overly sherried whisky (which i feared of going in)
    • Taste
      89 89
      Punches way above it’s weight, could pass as a 46% easily. Thick, oily umami flavours. Salt and pepper, chimney soot, some figs and red fruits, salty bouillon and creamy green curry.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The strength now just about manages pulls through here, i’m sure some extra % would’ve went a long way here. Oily coating. More curry, cloves, sigarette smoke lingers for quite some time.

  21. dan_o_b scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Tried at The Whisky Show 2021 and at a member led tasting for Manchester Whisky Club. Highly impressed. Obviously top end price wise but that seems to be the going rate nowadays for a distillery bottling at 21+. Quite heavy on the sherry considering it is a marriage of casks. Feels higher octane than 43% on the palette.

  22. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      citric
      rum nuts
      Forest mushroom
      vanilla
      drum cake
      honey
      raspberry
      chocolate
      Camembert
      the smell of a forest after rain
    • Taste
      91 91
      soaked earth
      mushroom
      bitter
      soft
      watery
      rounded
    • Finish
      92 92
      mushroom
      peat
      medium finish

  25. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Leather, earth, orange marmalade, slightly overripe orchard fruits, tobacco, butterscotch, sweet popcorn, fennel, milk chocolate, light vanilla, light smoke. Long, drying finish. Lots to unpick, elegant and complex. But a 21 year old whisky at 43%? Why, Benromach?
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very soft and dignified. Very beautiful and almost old venerable. In the mouth it is then less fruity than the nose would suggest and is more on the spicy side. I would have liked to have had a little more punch here, the malt doesn't get through enough for my taste due to the 43%, but glides along. When it finishes, it increases again and remains an aromatic companion for longer. Overall it is a very nice bottling. I'm a fan of the 10y and especially the 15y - also as far as the PLV is concerned. In the current price range of €130 to €150, I would probably choose a different bottle if I like this flavor profile.
    • Nose
      89 89
      I gave the whisky a good 20 minutes to breathe in the glass. Wow, is it soft and harmonious in the first impression. A real nose flatterer. The 43% cannot be remembered. Really thick on the nose.
      And at the moment it is mainly intense sherry cask-typical aromas that are showing. Raisins, leather and tobacco. Sweet forest honey and cherries as well as dried figs and plums. Orange marmalade and vanilla can also be smelled. I can't smell much of the 1st fill bourbon casks yet. Smoke, if at all, can only be perceived very subtly in the background - but it could also be a result of the longer aging in oak barrels. Overall, it looks old school - beautiful and dignified. But not overwhelming.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Soft, velvety mouthfeel that is less thick than expected and hoped for. Slight honey-like sweetness right at the beginning, which then quickly changes to become more spicy. Typical aromas such as cinnamon, nutmeg, but also slightly tangy and peppery, maybe some ginger. Dark chocolate with hazelnuts. Surprisingly less fruit than expected from the smell. The smoke impression is more present in the mouth than in the nose. Maybe a little more percentage of alcohol would have been good to give the taste even more power and intensity - it's good, but it lingers a bit.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Black tea like Earl Gray as well as leather and tobacco associations go hand in hand with the subtle smoky aroma. Something like menthol or mint shows towards the end. Overall medium to long finish. The oak is present but surprisingly mild for a period of 21 years.

  27. MaroFF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very pleasant dram, with a wide range of flavors and aromas.
    The price is adequate and not too high for a 21-year-old drink.
    I wonder how it would taste with a slightly higher 54-55% alcohol?
    • Nose
      88 88
      honey, fruity, raisins, apricots, apples, wine at the end, light onions
    • Taste
      89 89
      again guilty, sweet, orange, a bit of oak wood, leather, ending with milk toffee, fudge and plum jam
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, pleasant, quite sweet, ripe cherries, lots of wood notes, slightly spicy ending with a hint of dark chocolate with sherry liquor and yeast dough.

  28. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. Likudi scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Will_iam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. Spoerkel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A really great malt, which perfectly shows the character of the distillery in connection with great barrel management. I find the price-performance ratio to be good.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, milk chocolate, butter, wood, walnut, cinnamon, pepper (little), light smoke and something minerally dirty (springbank-like). In addition, there are some nice sherry aromas (leather, dried fruit). There is also some coconut wafting around in the distance.

      The sherry influence gets stronger after a few minutes, I like it freshly poured but almost better.
    • Taste
      The start is far stronger than the 43% suggest! And spicier than expected! Strong tobacco aromas, light, but still present smoke, pepper, great oak spice, honey, milk chocolate, leather, iron, clove.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, warming, spicy, with a sherry aroma.

  34. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Had the fine 15 yo as a reference just before this one.
    • Nose
      90 90
      a little more gentle than the 15 yo but a top notch nose! Polished wood, varnish, walnuts, caramel, Engadin tarte, Rumtopf, leather, pipe tobacco and over everything a layer of gentle smoke. I really love the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      gentle smoke , walnuts, salted caramel, dark milk chocolate, tobacco, slightly bitter (pleasantly so).
      Becomes much more benromachy with time in the glass
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is long, slightly bitter and still salty.

  35. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An initially slightly tangy, then fruity-sweet flowery substance that actually has a unique selling point.
    This sweet taste, which turns into a finish with lavender and violet and leaves a hint of super unleaded - I don't yet know how to find it. Do i need a whole bottle? At this price rather no
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. DramJammin scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    My first impression of the nose is that it is a little muted and while the palate is pretty tasty it fades too quickly.
    It does improve as you go on but the palate is a little light, if the flavours had more depth then it would hit 90 points but the average score by other members is spot on at around 87 points.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. prz22 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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)

  41. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A flatterer who is extremely fun. Wonderful balance of age-related notes (in a positive sense) and a nice selection of sweet fruits.

    Great candidate to serve as a gem for the relaunch of the newly launched (visually revised) Benromach range.
    • Nose
      First step: voluminous and rich. And that despite 'only' 43% alc.!

      Great red fruits. A fruit basket with a wild mix of tangy, fresh and ripe, sweet fruits. After a short time it even swings a little into the tropics. Red apple, sweet citrus fruits, warming, sweet spices such as some cinnamon and nutmeg, tangy orange peel, milk chocolate. After a while, the whole thing is complemented by a very delicate tart and spicy note in the background (this moves a little forward over time). Then comes some dark caramel and cotton candy. And some sweets at the fair, as well as tender, musty herbs. Maybe a little bit of PX?

      A potpourri of fruity-sweet flavors that increasingly change / complement each other. Very complex, time also plays a factor here. Sometimes it looks a bit dustier and even 'older'.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly oily at first. It shows dry orange peel, some caramel, very pleasant spicy wood notes, dried apple pieces with a little brown sugar, dry spices. Really bitter chocolate, a little dry cocoa. In addition, you might find a very delicate smoky note in the background. But extremely cautious. Acts more like a bitter, slightly charred wood note.

      The 43% alc. also play a factor here for the pleasant experience, but they certainly do not appear too little. A slight tingling sensation on the tongue, due to the spicier aromas, makes you forget the rather low alcohol content.
    • Finish
      Very delicate, so seriously, really very delicate smoke is noticeable. Goes a little in the direction of charred wood. Remains on the palate for a long time and lays itself around the palate and tongue with beautiful tart notes and very delicate sweetish-oily fruit notes. The age is noticeable here, the bitter notes are perfectly balanced.

  42. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Not very complex but powerful and drinkable
    • Nose
      84 84
      Red fruits, apple, nuts, tea, whiffs of leather, little citrusy, little meaty, hints of wood
    • Taste
      85 85
      Little punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, more nuts, little dried fruits, little liquorice, chocolate, more leathery notes
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, warm, nutty, spicy, woody

  43. kringo86 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    If there were not these annoying sulfuric notes, this would be 90 points material!

  44. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sherry tones, vanilla, woody, orange peel, gingerbread, slightly tart, chocolate tones,
    • Taste
      86 86
      Floral, malty, woody, vanilla and sherry tones, slightly tart, small smoke, blueberry,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pear, apple, malty, tart, floral, sherry and vanilla, peach candies, blueberry

  45. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The evaluation was based on a 4 Benromach -
    Blind tasting with 2 befriended whisky lovers.
    Again, the 21-he was the weakest of the series
    4 tasted Benromach. Because of its chemical
    Plastic notes. Not bad stuff but kind of
    Not our thing that evening. Unfortunately we only had
    a 50ml sample is available and we have that
    21-er after the very good 11-year-old single Cask by
    Tasted from 2008 to 2020.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Sour, perfumed, plastic, apple, butter, yellow
      Fruit, mirabelle plum, sour plum.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Apple, sweet, a bit peppery, but somehow one-dimensional
      still pretty good. Delicately bitter - sweet, warming with one
      A touch of coffee but also a bit watery. Probably
      a few% more alcohol would have done him good.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Quite long, and powerful, with no outstanding grades.

  46. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smell: The smell of Ben Normank is too balanced. It is different from the peat described by Aire. Its smoke always appears as a supporting role. Sweet and sour yellow peach syrup and dried apricots. , Plums, salted food, honey, butter biscuits, a little chocolate sauce, milk salt nuts. 88/100
    Taste: Boiled apple, shredded tobacco, cooking smoke, orange peel, mulled wine, a little rosemary herb, butter cake base, soda. 87/100
    Body: Although the fat is okay, the body is a bit weak, not declining, and simply has a low sense of presence. 85/100
    Ending rhyme: long, grit, dried fruit, smoked, jam 87/100
    Overall: 87/100, the same as the previous two, it is surprisingly good and even rare, and you will never drink alcohol. The body and flavor of the wine are slightly slack, and it always gives a sense of looseness, but it is innocuous.
    Although I was told that the new version may not be as good as the old version, I am still very satisfied with the overall drink, but the leather elements of the old version have been greatly weakened in the new version, the smoky flavor is not so strong, and it is not so salty. The whole is no longer hard core, but has a "sense of familiarity" similar to harmony.

  47. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cranberries at first. Young blueberries and red apples. A pinch of honey. Milk chocolate. A whiff of tobacco leaves and leather. Vanilla and marzipan. Caramel fudge, followed by a little bit of oak. Oranges too.
    • Taste
      Rather creamy with quite some chocolate on the arrival. Cranberries again and oranges. A hint of smoke. A layer of honey and a touch of oak. Some ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of crushed black peppercorns.
    • Finish
      Mid-long to long, a little drying with dark chocolate with cranberries and oranges. A touch of smoke and oak.

  48. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, this Benromach. Straightforward - not overly complex - but well done.
    Would I want to spend 100++ for 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 (should only be understood positively here in the sense of elegant understatements). Braised apples with honey.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Some wood smoke, a little grapefruit and a slight astringency now indicate age.

  49. Mac_Pinto scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    This is a truly beautiful dram; from the dream of a nose to the exciting palate. The finish isn't on par but isn't disappointing either. With the same first-fill ex-Bourbon and Sherry seasoned casks as the 10 and 15, you can see the added character of those extra years spent absorb cask characteristics. However, for the price, I'm not sure I will return to this bottle. You could arguable get a lot more for your buck, and apart from the 15, and any potential single cask releases that show up in my country, I doubt I'll be housing any Benromach in my bar.

    Overall, a really really lovely experience.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dark amber color. Beautiful, rich creamy nose. Bursts of ripe dark fruits, strong citrus accent. Dark chocolate, almost like a pudding. Hints of honeyed ginger, like an orange ginger cookie. Swirls of vanilla holding it all together. Just a really wonderful fruity, pleasant nose. Absolutely loved it.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Dry mouth, dark grapes come to the fore. Cinnamon and pepper have their say, dancing around the palate. Citric overtones throughout the experience. Finishes off with a little chocolately touch.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium rich finish. Immediate citrus and fresh tropical acidic fruits. Some oaky character persists initially. Fumes of ginger start rising from the back of the throat, almost medicinal but more pleasant. Some lingering chocolately sweetness around the edges of the palate. Finishes with an oaky texture, and some lingering cinnamon.

  50. sengaia scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    This has so many things going for it that I am sad to give it such a modest mark, but I have to since this whisky is stained by sulphur. It’s not much, and not really noticeable on the nose but quite so on the palate. Otherwise this is a wonderful and complex dram which conveys its age and complexity well.

    If you don’t notice or mind sulphur you will probably like this a lot. For me the rotten eggs on the palate and finish are too much and I hope the following batches will not include such subpar casks.

  51. Timmmieh scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    awesome

  52. djmaxliving scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    It's quite a changeable whisky, every time I try it's different?

    I would recommend adding water. A rewarding whisky and you need to have a bottle to get the full picture?
    • Nose
      88 88
      Ginger-bread, thick honey, light bitter chocolate orange, quite sweet, shortbread and dates. The distillery character is much more subtle and refined compared to younger expressions.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Spicy, brine, oak, still has power for 21 years old and 43%, plums, sweet honey, raspberry jam, dunnage, and new leather.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, light peat smoke, oak, and honey lozenges.

  53. Mane140486 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    a vibrant whisky despite its 21 years of age. A full nose of red fruits, grapes, dates and cinnamon, with a hint of an old book, corresponds to an equally tasty palate, with hints of spice, wood, bitter buttery orange, milk coffee, dried cranberries, and a nice note of pipe tobacco. Medium-long finish, bittersweet, corresponding to the palate. The note of sherry much more present than vanilla, which reveals how the cask first fill sherry has had a greater influence than that of bourbon.

  54. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  55. riegerjonas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    2021-04-10
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet, sour, oak, wet hay, raspberries, strawberries, vanilla, cane sugar
    • Taste
      89 89
      intense oak notes, light smoke, fruity, distillery character comes through, little gooseberry
    • Finish
      89 89

  56. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  57. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  58. Thoma scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  59. Mapl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  60. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  61. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  62. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    with water: no, it's a bit weak on the chest

    Conclusion: I already had it in my glass two weeks ago during an online dating, and it disappointed me. Today it is solo in the glass, it convinces me above all with its complexity and balance, only the 43% is a small flaw
    • Nose
      89 89
      incredibly dense with its only 43%, complex, orange peel, subtle smoke after a dry campfire, leather, tobacco, dark sweetness, something of BBQ, subtly meaty, also some spices such as camphor, nutmeg and also subtly cinnamon, vanilla, blackberries
    • Taste
      89 89
      Quite a mild start, but also here a great complexity with blackberries, leather, smoke and a good load of spices
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, great sweetness paired with smoke, orange juice, beautiful oak, some liquorice in the back

  63. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  64. tribe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • 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

  65. SpringBarley scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    delicious, interesting, great casks - but why 43% Vol.? we are missing out more aromas here!
    when we are defining a pro whisky here, i'm happy to pay 140-150 Euros for 48% Vol. and i would say this is a 90+ whisky. top oak definitely!
    for 43% Vol. the price should be around 110 Euro's.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  66. 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.

  67. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I think it's delicious. A balanced malt that has many notes to offer. The only downer is that it is almost too mild, especially in the mouth. If he now had a few percent more, then that would be a candidate for a purchase. So I'll keep it in mind.
    • Nose
      Forest honey. Maybe marzipan. Amaretto. Red currant jelly. Leather and tobacco. Spices like nutmeg. A bit of gravy and juniper. Oranges with very little clove. Pleasant moderate wood smoke. Toasted wood.
    • Taste
      A mix of sweetness and flavor. At first, sweetness has the upper hand. Fudge. Cream candy. Fig maybe. Then it gets spicier. Pleasant oak flavor. Plus chocolate and tobacco. In addition, some fruit acid and sherry. The smoke is always nice and subliminal.
    • Finish
      Somewhat sour sherry notes. A little leather. Wood wort.

  68. katarn_rb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great, harmoniously integrated bacon smoke note. Fruity sherry fruits. Looks old school.

  69. Joschbert scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  70. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  71. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Orange, rasberry, butterscotch, the taste of alcohol is minimal, the smoke is very balanced, the woody notes of time come very, the house style is very felt, citrus is also found, ginger spiciness, quite a lot of spices (black pepper)

  72. joep scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  73. 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.

  74. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  75. InbhirNis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sampled tonight at the Good Spirits Co. virtual tasting.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Gentle but refined. Rich stone fruit, floral, and surprisingly close to the grain. The sherry cask influence is balanced well by a hint of peat. Demerara sugar.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Well-balanced, dusty and malty, but a little thin.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, clean, faint smoke.

  76. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  77. Wolf68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  78. Gompy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  79. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  80. dcsicsak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's a great addition to the Benromach lineup. It brings the DNA but the extra years round it more and given an extra layer of complexity in comparison to the 15 years old.
    The only con is the abv: Even if its a beautiful whisky, the 43% isn't enough to really let it shine - in my opinion. Somewhere 45-6% it would be a buttkick.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Beautifully rich, complex but still well balanced. Initially some sweetness, gentle smokiness and a wonderful wet oakwood aromas. After some time it developing some ripe fruits: orange, plum, and some redberries. The woodiness is evolving into a beautiful "wood-parfume". In the background some menthol, and an old spice-like cooling sensation.
    • Taste
      88 88
      After some peppery, sweet start, there are tons of sweet and sour orange, and some other fruits. Wet oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pretty long and sweet orange, dark chocolate, some oak.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. Davidveen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  84. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  85. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  86. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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