Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Aug 2007 7:38 pm

Average value

€ 269.00

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273 × member ratings

505 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Authenticus

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.30 points

  1. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  4. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Campfires and BBQ. Not an overly complex whisky but won't disappoint.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Autumn, sitting by the fire in your holiday cottage deep in the woods. Aromas of burning wood, the fire and embers. Now it resembles BBQ, thinking of honey-glazed baby back ribs. With time it picks up green notes, it has a grassy note, and begins to gain some green apple peel.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet on the arrival but immediately followed up by ash, it's burnt wood and embers. Big mouthfeel, sweet honey and orchard notes.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Notes of wood, not as smoldering as the nose or palate. Soft ash notes, a lot shorter than expected. Finish also packs a punch with a blast of oak spice.

  5. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    BenRiach 21YO is a very interesting whisky which needed in time to be open. At the first blush this whisky seems like simple, and it’s hard to believe, that this is 21YO whisky. But if you give time it could be opened in its entirety. The nose starts with notes of green halm of wormwood, mint and tomato with chemical notes of acetone. But after time the nose moves to sweet notes of yellow fruits, sweet fruits, with leather, peated smoke and black pepper. And nose drifts from peated and spicy to sweet fruity notes during tasting. The palate is sweet, peaty and spicy with notes of yellow plums, grass, oak and dust. The finish is long, spicy and dusty with peat and oak notes. This is a very unique and tasty whisky.

  6. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's surprisingly peaty and smoky despite the 21 years, but it is well harmonized with the disillery character. 86/87.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat, dried fruits, vanilla, honey, salted caramel, tutti frutti and smoke.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Big peat and earth. Forest fruits, tobacco, cocoa, cinnamon and oak.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, spicy, oaky.

  7. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Dry, herbs, peat reak, woody, various honeys, caramelized bacon quite dry and austere with bittersweet herbs... so my style of whisky.love it


  8. Segens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Well a friend of mine said it is his favorite dram and it as an outstanding price/money value. I love that there are different opinions out there and different tastes as well. So far I am not in love with this distillery yet but I respect the opinion of others marking this dram as a very good option. For me personally it is boring, way too expensive and not worth another try.
    • Nose
      apple, citrus and peat. Quite balanced in the nose.
    • Taste
      oak, caramel, less fruity - OK :-)
    • Finish
      oaky long super unspectacular 

  9. meademule scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Nose: Peat, fruit, and vanilla are immediately apparent. Apricot. Peach. Plum. Cocoa powder. Dried fruits. Caramel. Oak. As if there is a well-aged bourbon hiding behind peat smoke and stone fruits. Very nice.

    Palate: Earthy peat. Vanilla. Blackberries. Stone fruits. Raisin. Chocolate. Cigar leaf. On the backend, some cinnamon and spice. There is the hint of a meaty/savory note similar to what I’ve found in some other Speysides, such as Mortlach and Craigellachie. This savory element comes out more in the backend as it develops. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy.

    Finish: Fairly dry. White wine. Cinnamon. Dried fruits. Raisins. Hint of dark chocolate. Oak.

    Overall: Interesting and delicious. The nose and palate are very good and quite complex; the finish is nothing special, although not bad.

    I’m surprised by how much peat smoke is present, considering the age. Peat often diminishes with age, but there is still quite a bit to be found in this one, even if it is a bit mellowed. The peat is a little different than your typical Islay peat, as there are no maritime or medicinal notes. It’s more of an earthy and mellow peat.

    In spite of the stronger than expected peat presence, the age of this whisky is apparent. Plenty of oak and quite the diversity of flavors.

    Buy again? Maybe. Probably not. This is good, but other whiskies of similar quality can be found for less money.

    Score: 88/100Read my full review at http://meademule.com/2017/04/11/whisky-review-benriach-21-authenticus/ 

  10. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Probably most heavily peated whisky from the Speyside. Thick, milky
    smokes with vanilla and toffee. Underlay savoury smoked salty meats.

    P- Black pepper and spices. Herbal smokes with waves of phenolic and tobacco. A wee bit light on texture.

    F- Long, velvet smooth, woody and spicy mouth-feel.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90


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