BenRiach 2009

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Edition
Stated Age
11 years old
Oloroso Puncheon Cask
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Apr 2021 9:48 am by Basoski
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 104.95

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 2009

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    Benriach 2009 Cask 8562, 11 years old, matured in Oloroso Punchen, bottled with 58.9% in the Cask Edition series 2021. For its 11 years it comes with an appealing color, cask strength and a decent sweetness. Compared to its 2005 brother, the one on the nose is a bit more alcoholic and not as complex. On the tongue, the sweet notes dominate without completely suppressing the spicy aromas. These become more intense the longer you have it in your mouth. The apple, cinnamon and almond notes suggest a bit of Christmassy flair that I will certainly save some of them for the Christmas season. The issue price is certainly okay, after all you get a lot for your money. Since the impressions from yesterday's tasting of the 2005 Benriach are still very present, a rating is even easier today. The 2009 has its very own character, which is quite appealing. However, the variety of flavors could be a little more complex and the alcohol a little better integrated. He can't match his big brother, so he gets a good 87 points from me today. Slaintè!
    • Nose
      The color is mahogany and like its older brother from 2005 it lies oily in the nosing glass and shows streaks on the glass wall immediately after pouring it. What is different, however, is that it initially appears much more alcoholic in the nose. The 58.9% are initially quite dominant and cool the nose a bit, but this disappears after a few minutes and aromas of toffee, light chocolate, green apple (Grany Smith) and a hint of almonds and cinnamon come through. “All children like apples, cinnamon and Madelkern,” says Horst Lüning in his tasting video at Glenfarclas 18. It is similar here, except that the alcohol content here conveys the aromas a little more intensely. A little water makes the alcoholic note weaker and the finest spicy notes and a hint of nuts come to light. Sweet, cinnamon, apples, nuts, you could almost think that this is a Christmas whisky.
    • Taste
      The 58.9% are very present on the tongue. They carry the aromas and initially the sherry sweetness impresses again, which, however, briefly has a somewhat sharper undertone compared to the 2005 Benriach. The apples are very present again, as is the cinnamon. The brown sugar described is recognizable and with further chewing, the 2009 Benriach develops a pleasant, subtle flavor on the tongue, consisting of a very delicate note of ginger and fine herbs. The longer you have it in your mouth, the more these aromas gain in intensity, without, however, displacing the sweetness.
    • Finish
      The finish is intense and warming at first. The tongue is a bit numb and the sweet aromas dominate. The flow of saliva stops and the tip of the tongue becomes dry quite quickly, as does the rest of the mouth. Bitter or spicy notes are very difficult to determine. Here, after 11 years of complete maturation in the Oloroso Sherry Puncheon, you might have expected more, but this is not necessarily meant negatively. Overall, I would describe the finish as medium length.


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