- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Wood Finish Series
- Stated Age
- 16 years old
- Claret Casks Finish
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 16 Jul 2010 10:46 pm
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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 16-year-old Claret
21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.84 points
- It is a great example how wood influences the spirit. I really like the fresh fruity tones in this one. The Claret finish is there and you can taste it so don't expect a subtile finish.
- Whisky much influenced by wine (lighter red) accompanied by interesting artificially sweet tones. The core of the distillery remains here. This whisky is not a super intense bomb, rather a sleek, fresh and shy little girl. Generally very nice whisky.
At first impression sweeter, caramel, certainly some gom candy - marshmallow. There's a wine finish, more like red wine, but it's not a port killer. Beautifully smooth scent, without the slightest trace of alcoholiness. Orange fruit, very lightly some spice.
Wine finish is not denied, the taste continues what promises fragrance. Pleasantly fleshy, ripe fruit, rather into apples. Melon. Slightly oily.
It turns into woody, again light spice.
- Once again Benriach leaves me asking, "but why this cask type? Why?" The distillate is perfectly good, but just like their sauternes and tokaji finishes, claret just doesn't tango with it at all. In a sense it's not a horribly bad whisky, because it's missing any off notes like booze, glue, or plastics. It just leaves me asking why anyone would pick to finish a whisky in a cask that leaves it worse off.
Juniper? Is this a gin? No? It noses like one. Fresh wood, pine needles, and that juniper again. And again. Taking long whiffs from the glass I note the faintly fruity, lightly peated distillate beneath, but this top layer is just nuts. Whatever did the make do to deserve to be abused like this?
A fresh taste? Hang on to that idea for a while. At best you can feel the fruit and the peat giving this whisky some much needed form, but this bizarre overcoat from what could easily be a mouthwash/worst cough syrup ever-cask just wrecks it, dragging the score down a lot.
The claret seems to have wiped it out, apart from some swiftly passing acrid feeling. Thank Dog for small mercies, I suppose.
- nice wine finish, but you have to like the wood in the end though
candied apple, deep sweet red berry fruit (cooked, jammy), clear red wine (fruity floral) with light fruit acid (passion fruit), spicy-sweet maple syrup, tropical wood, tobacco, cappuccino powder with slightly marshy tannins
dry wine notes, fruity sweet orange zest, berry jam (currant), Demerara sugar, cinnamon
extremely dry, spicy wood (pronounced red wine barrel impact), dark dark chocolate, coffee
- A round, nice Benriach, not as extraordinary as I am at Claret. would have expected, the wine notes go through well, but I'm not a friend of these lightweight Modernoten and humid oak. Still good thing!
Somewhat musty red wine note, damp wood, cherries, gummi berries (red), resin, cinnamon, herbal honey, nutmeg
Very round, the cherries come again, the wet oak as well, red grapes, plums, stollen, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, many tannins
Dry fruity finish with some spicy oak, the cherry pits are left behind with some fruit and oak barrel
- Nose: sweet, vanilla, soft round red wine notes with cinnamon, fresh acidity like gummy bears, tart wood notes, red berries, ripe cherries, some wax - refreshingly different
Taste: round, smooth, sweet, alcoholic without burning, cherries, grapes, plums, cinnamon, some wood, red wine fruit notes, interesting and very yummy - tastes better today than at the first tasting, I would blindly not immediately recognize as Benriach, only in the finish, the Brennereicharakter comes through
- Well done
Tasty of grapes