BenRiach 2009

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Edition
Stated Age
12 years old
Port Pipe
Number of bottles
59.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
fr France
Added on
26 sep 2021 10:52 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 118.93

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 2009

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.62 points.

  1. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fruity sweetness and smoke.
    I blindly thought it was n Port Charlotte.
    Very tasty.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  3. glen efze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A smoky Benriach that was (after?)matured in a port pipe. The color is natural cask color, at least that's what it says on the tube, but neither the tube nor the label reveal anything about chill-filtration. Both tube and label feature Rachel Barrie as the master blender. No matter how many times you write on it – it will not achieve the reputation of Billy Walker. By mid-2022, whisky will have largely disappeared from shops and will cost over €120. It was about €20 cheaper before.
    • Nose
      Dry, restrained smoke on the nose, complemented by ripe cherry aromas. There are also ground walnuts, some of which are caramelized and flavored with vanilla. The alcohol is despite the 59.9% vol. not present on the nose. There are a few fresh herbs and an orange citrus note.
    • Taste
      In terms of taste, it can tolerate a bit of water. The smoke is present but blends nicely with the fruity flavors. But it is clearer than the smell. The cherries tend towards morello cherries, juicy but not quite so sour. Add some orange juice and orange peel. Sweetness is present and combines well with the fruit.
    • Finish
      The whisky has a sweet aftertaste that fades and then a drier smoky note lingers on the palate.

      The port cask is represented with cherry aromas, the smoke leans more towards a well burning wood fire than a humid peat fire, that's all nice. But somehow the question arises: why? Others can do it more interesting with the smoke and the fruits can't make up for it. And where is the wood? Nice is ok - but good whisky needs something special and whisky over €100 should have something outstanding. Unfortunately, Benriach doesn't have it. It's good - but like so many current whiskys, the quality doesn't justify the price.

  4. Comet67 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    nice one if you like the combination. reminds me more of a peated caol ila than a benriach.

    prices of today are crazy but thats something everyone has to deceide for themselves. below 100 its worth it imho. however if youre on a budget, a talisker port ruhige is tastewise not that far away beside the obvious lacking alcohol by volume power and a more mature impression. 15 years would be perfect I guess.

    it delivers peated port. maybe a little two dimensional but its fun.
    • Nose
      87 87
      clean peat. I expected rather spicy, dirty peat like in the curiositas 10yo bottling. but this one is remarkabe clean and ashy. heavily peated, not only peated. theres a nice vegetal base in that peat with medicinical traces. after that the port comes up. red fruits, sweetness, like strawberries taken out of an bonfire. beautifully interwoven, showing substance and a very 'perfect' or refined behaviour- altough its not complex by any means. peated port or porty peat- thats written on the label and its what you get.
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet and sour arrival. first tongue contact is a bit irritatiing because of that sourness. spices, nuts and caramell move in. peated rhabarb ice with red berries and nuts on a plate made out of leather.
    • Finish
      89 89
      hefty finish, not rough but intense. very smooth for nearly 60% ABV, no water needed. port and peat all over the place. bitter ash and nice vegetal , organic notes. delicious. best part of it.

  6. LittlePeat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: nice sweetness, red fruits, smoke, a bit mineral. The sweetness quickly becomes too much and the smoke too shallow. The two peated Benriachs from 2008 (WID 100317 and WID 113851), still created under Billy Walker, were completely different. Very impetuous, nasty, infinitely intense, hard on the borderline to disgusting, but that's exactly why it's awesome. This one is irrelevant. I would also blindly guess not Benriach, but peated Glenturret, for me a prime example of a characterless mainland smoker.

    Palate: It tastes good, but boring. One who wants to please everyone - and therefore always fails. Port wine (young ruby, not tawny), red plum, smoke, ash. Period. There is nothing more. And: way too cute!

    Finish: medium length with smoke, ash and red plum.

  7. LittlePeat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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