- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Wood Finish Series
- Stated Age
- 15 years old
- Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks Finish
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 21 Apr 2008 9:12 pm
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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 15-year-old Pedro Ximénez
51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.33 points
- A great whisky for the price. Complex and lively, quality malt with the bourbon notes sitting under PX finish. Fresh juicy engaging mix of citrus notes which remind me of 'love heart sweets' or refreshers from my youth! PX sherry notes just adding extra complexity on top of the barley maltiness. Some custard and vanilla -yes - but in my opinion the crowning jewel is the oak spice which extends into the longish finish. I have an Ivory chess set belonging to my grandfather and for a long time I associated this particular smell with the chess pieces when I opened the box. However the box was made from oak - which had perfumed the ivory. This oak perfume sits as a savoury note right into the finish. Some leather and damp wood or cellar floor notes emerge too, but never overwhelm... The nose dances between all these different elements. As a comparison we tried an 18yo Glenlossie (G&M CC 1995), that had full maturation in 1st fill sherry butts. Sure, it had all the classic quality aged sherry with dry walnuts and christmas cake - but the Riach trumped it for complexity and finess - 92.5 pts.
- PX sweetness immediately on the nose, but not intrusively so. It's really rather subdued, with an underlying freshness / brightness and a slightly mentholy, cooling sensation reminscent of spirit from low-activity casks.
After it has settled down, rich, saccharine fruit & dried fruit notes emerge, with wine-soaked raisins, dates and plums taking the lead. Reminds me quite a bit of Chinese plum wine, actually. Not a bad nose, but also not a particularly impressive one either. Some bourbon freshness intermingled with the darker impressions of sweet sherry. Overall, more of an after-dinner affair, due to the rich, vinuous top notes. Water improves the nose, making it creamier and fuller.
On the palate, this one starts off velvety and creamy before a slight prickle reminds you that there's indeed alcohol, and casks, involved. Sweet throughout. Halfway through the development, a touch of ozone unfolds, hinting at not-fully-integrated alcohol. A vague fruity sweetness (marmelade hodgepodge) makes way for some Bourbon citrus and tart tannins towards the death. Slightly less sherry influence on the palate than on the nose. Again: not bad, but not great either. Missing some depth, I'd say.
Finish is short-to-medium, but nicely measured, with elegant ground-coffee notes appearing initially. Unfortunately, these are soon displaced by some mild heat and an alcoholic sharpness.
My general impression is that the sherry finish can't quite mask the immaturity of the base distillate. A solid effort, but nothing to write home about.
- A very enjoyable dram
Intense sherry, beautiful fruit, marzipan, Sweetness.
Silky yet dry, vanilla but not so sweet, marzipan, nuts, cola cubes
- a pleasant sherry malt without big fireworks
in the beginning sweet, strong cereal notes, intense after raisins and other dried fruit but also fresh fruits such as white grapes and ripe apricots are to be found; alongside milk chocolate, roasted black bread, vanilla and butter biscuits 87
soft and balanced accompanied by spicy cocoa notes and honey, then dry like red wine 86
medium length, accompanied by delicate oak notes 86
Sherry, chocolate, raisins, sherry, pralines, cherry, apricot little glue.
Brown sugar, greasy, butter, candy, orange, raisins and a bit spicy.
Fine long finish, candied fruit, nicely full.