BenRiach 17-year-old Rioja

Overall rating
85.63/100
votes
103
Whiskybase ID
WB17048
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish Series
Bottled
15.06.2010
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Rioja Casks Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060088792698
Added on
16 jul 2010 10:49 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 281.47

22 × in wishlist

103 × member ratings

176 × in collection

Whisky reviews for BenRiach 17-year-old Rioja

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.63 points.

  1. voodoochile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very good finish that adds a lot of wine to the original whisky. The Wine cask does make a difference here.

    Nose: red berries, wine
    Taste: wine, oak and oily
    Finish: medium long wine again warm

  2. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    As mentioned above, I love Rioja wines and this one combines really as it should be with good finishes the best of both worlds, whisky and wine. Has only no 90+ because he is not complex enough.
    • Nose
      Cherry pits, resin, spicy oak, red wine notes are coming through, tannins, a few raisins, nutmeg, liquorice
    • Taste
      Beautiful vinous-oaky, full-bodied without burning, red wine en masse, berry bushes, raisins, nutmeg, pinch of pepper, ginger, cardamom, rosemary, light Earl Gray notes, I like it a lot, but I also love Rioja and I think you can feel it very much and at the same time it goes well with Benriach, licorice
    • Finish
      Leaving Eichig berry, medium length, leaves and berries remain

  3. Portlover did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

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

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      78 78

  5. peat head scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUiNNWlE0AQ

  6. pEpp0 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  7. molar3rd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet, and perfumed. lots of spice vanilla and some flower blossom (can’t really pinpoint it) , also some grape shells, and little bit of sweet dough.
    Palate: Thick, viscous, sweet entry with Demerara sugar, creamy with a Capital C , and i like that!. Fruit are also included in the package (peach and apricot compote) , honey, oak, and milk chocolate. Tannins are not very strong, also not very winey.
    Finish : Chocolate, pollen, vanilla.

    Bottom line:

    This is a great example of a good wine finish. It does not impose itself on the whisky, while still offering many aromas and complementing the palate. this is how i like my wine finishes. Great nose, with an even nicer palate. Definitely one of the better BenRiachs I’ve tasted

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2011/07/20/tasting-the-benriach-17-yo-rioja-finish/

     

  8. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It is amazing how much the distance glass <-> nose affects the aroma or changes the perception. The aroma in the nose is very complex while outweighing the taste of red wine.
    • Nose
      Plums, raisins, coffee (espresso), dark chocolate with orange, if you hold the glass a little further away from your nose, the grape / wine notes suddenly dominate
    • Taste
      Red wine, sweet and mild, the espresso has become a latte, sweet and fruity on the finish, only the oak is astonishingly discreet, and the aroma gave rise to much stronger oak

  10. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    great interaction between wood and fruit notes, great Benriach - as expected.
    • Nose
      woody, dry, almost dusty, with water tobacco, some fruit comes through (cherry, red grapes)
    • Taste
      fruity, cherry (Mon Cheri), nectarine, jam, slightly spicy, herbs
    • Finish
      spicy oak, ginger, tobacco ... stays on your tongue for a while

  11. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  12. ducksingel scored this whisky 85 points Editor

    The Rioja lends a very special character to this whisky. Well, I think it's the Rioja that does that.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    For the Rioja goes the same as for the Gaja Barolo finish. The wine flavours are simply not powerful enough to be able to compete with the rich european oak. 

    Still an excellent whisky if you like oak-heavy dryness however.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. granella2003 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A Benriach with Rioja finish first has many years of traditional American bourbon barrels and then crossed over to rest on Spanish Rioja barrels. The finish is well reflected in the aromas and flavors and give the whisky a pleasant twist.
    • Nose
      Sweet aromas of jam and fruit complemented with dry and aromatic notes of the Rioja barrels. In the background to detect scents of fruit tobacco and a touch of spice
    • Taste
      A powerful and spicy taste of different types of sweet jam, a rich variety of fruits and dry wine. Slowly other flavors like smoke, vanilla, malt and flowers forward with fresh and fruity notes.
    • Finish
      A medium long finish with clear spicy and fruity flavors and subtle notes of vanilla, oak and malt.

  15. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The experiment with the sampling of barrels, not necessarily always, has been done in BenRiach. I enjoyed it.
    • Nose
      Juicy, it would look like a description if I had to summarize it in one word. Marmeláda, matured dates and figs, white chocolate, crushed coconuts, sweet spices and easy and pleasantly acidified the influence of barrels on wine.
    • Taste
      Sweet spices dominated by acidity, freshly squeezed fruit juice, warm in the end, sweet taste in the à la sherry style, drying out.

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