BenRiach 16-year-old Claret

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

Average value

€ 232.36

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 16-year-old Claret

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.88 points

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. 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

  6. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. ColdAesthetics 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

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

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

    Well done
    • Nose
    • Taste
      Tasty of grapes
    • Finish

  10. J23 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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


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