BenRiach 16-year-old Claret

Overall rating
84.00/100
votes
117
Whiskybase ID
WB17047
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish Series
Bottled
15.06.2010
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Claret Casks Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060088792711
Added on
16 jul 2010 10:46 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 250.41

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117 × member ratings

239 × in collection

Whisky reviews for BenRiach 16-year-old Claret

22 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.00 points.

  1. Pyromann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      Wine finish is not denied, the taste continues what promises fragrance. Pleasantly fleshy, ripe fruit, rather into apples. Melon. Slightly oily.
    • Finish
      It turns into woody, again light spice.

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  3. maltaholic scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I am impressed by this aromatic wood aroma. Very delicate, a little sweet, like smelling a bit of Mon Chéri that has been bitten.

    Over time it becomes a little hotter, more alcoholic.

    It wouldn't occur to me that it should have been in a red wine barrel. The barrel predominates in terms of taste. Very intense wood aromas. Almost a bit much, bitter.

    I'm not a huge fan of wine barrel finishes, but I really like this one ...

  4. voodoochile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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?
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      The claret seems to have wiped it out, apart from some swiftly passing acrid feeling. Thank Dog for small mercies, I suppose.

  6. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    nice wine finish, but you have to like the wood in the end though
    • Nose
      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
    • Taste
      dry wine notes, fruity sweet orange zest, berry jam (currant), Demerara sugar, cinnamon
    • Finish
      extremely dry, spicy wood (pronounced red wine barrel impact), dark dark chocolate, coffee

  7. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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!
    • Nose
      Somewhat musty red wine note, damp wood, cherries, gummi berries (red), resin, cinnamon, herbal honey, nutmeg
    • Taste
      Very round, the cherries come again, the wet oak as well, red grapes, plums, stollen, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, many tannins
    • Finish
      Dry fruity finish with some spicy oak, the cherry pits are left behind with some fruit and oak barrel

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Plörre - no nose except for wood - wood on the palate with dissolved gummy bears. You can drink it to clean your tongue after eating
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83
      Plums - even delicious

  10. Peated-Boy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Well done
    • Nose
      Nice
    • Taste
      Tasty of grapes
    • Finish
      medium

  11. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. peat head scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_dEPud_Rr0

  13. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      75 75

  14. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Numwierum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  16. pEpp0 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  17. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a tasting with Stewart Buchanan, 3/9/2013.
    • Nose
      Iets scherp qua geur, fruitig, en vreemd genoeg ook iets sherry-achtigs.
    • Taste
      Speyside met een bite. Fruit.

  18. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sample imported from the Whisky Festival 2015. Nice, well-balanced and balanced whisky.
    • Nose
      Orange marmalade, raspberries, wine acidity, puget of roses, red wine, chocolate. (85 b)
    • Taste
      Gourmet fruit, chocolate, oranges. In the flavor of the fruit it recedes, the dryness begins and the tanned barrel appears slightly. Against BenRiach 15 yo Sauternes Wood Finish is less of the wood and dryness. (85 b)

  19. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a dangerously tasty malt, which has its strengths clearly in the taste and in the mouth feeling
    The finish is relatively short and you want to take another sip immediately
    strong oak and a strong (fruit) sweetness are the defining elements of this whisky
    • Nose
      sweet love apple and red berries
      Caramel Popcorn
      a mare with raisins
      Cappuccino with cocoa powder
    • Taste
      sweet, berry compote with scattered sour fruits
      Espresso, strong
      sweet again, salivation begins

  20. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hui. The smells already when screwing the sample bottle fresh-fruity-berry-vinous, you rarely have that whisky sooo out of the bottle.
    Unfortunately, this will vanish too fast after pouring in, then sweet notes of jam, dried plum ...
    Taste then sweet, full-bodied, very spicy, heavy, plum jam (light acidity?)
    Finish: long, spicy, slightly licorice, slightly spicy

  21. Wild Thing scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well balanced whisky.
    • Nose
      Lots of red wine and very fruity the whole. In the foreground are steamed plums, oranges and raisins also come to light. The whole in a nice combination of vanilla and caramel. The aroma makes you want more.
    • Taste
      Very fruity with many spices. Then come pancakes with prunes and vanilla sauce. A slight tartness comes from probably grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Medium long with grapefruit and spices.

  22. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    The Claret finishing didn´t work in im opinion. The whisky appears pretty alcoholic and imbalanced. 

    For me the weakest whisky out of the (apart from the Claret adorable) Benriach wood-finish range.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      74 74

  23. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Has matured in American bourbon barrels and a finish obtained in Rioja barrels, from the renowned Bordeaux region. During this final period of maturation, the characteristic flavors and aromas of Claret Wood developed.
    • Nose
      Pure and fruity aromas of stewed peaches with sweet oak notes
    • Taste
      Spicy and fruity notes followed by figs and dates. Light acidity of citrus.
    • Finish
      Perfectly balanced.

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