BenRiach 17-year-old Rioja

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish Series
Stated Age
17 years old
Rioja Casks Finish
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Jul 2010 10:49 pm

Average value

€ 255.42

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103 × member ratings

173 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 17-year-old Rioja

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 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. ColdAesthetics 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


  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



  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


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