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BenRiach 25-year-old

Overall rating
88.16/100
votes
327
Whiskybase ID
WB230
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
13.06.2006
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5060088799307
Added on
04 Aug 2007 9:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 284.88

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 25-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.16 points

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    That's an interesting thing. After the Mannochmore 25 and the Bruichladdich 25 Sherry Cask already my third old malt, who owns a multi-barrel history - which makes him very complex and multi-layered. Whereby the fruity notes in the long run weigh heavily against the barrel presence, which quite vibrates the aroma owl and is very barrel-dominant.
    • Nose
      beautiful dark fruity sherry malt nose - lots of plum, blackberry, black cherry jam, orange juice, cider apple, dark honey, maple syrup, dark chocolate, heavy leather, aromatic pipe tobacco, light smoke, crushed walnuts in the grass, lots of oak, menthol and thick licorice, which is in the air, very rich, a torrent of stable air hangs over the glass, the alcohol is very nicely integrated
    • Taste
      oily-sweet, heavy, short, the fruity notes grow up - a big spoon full of cherry jam and plum jam, then sparkling sweet orange, apple syrup, very intense, but then almost immediately kicks the barrel with its fat, powerful notes: dark chocolate, pepper , Mocha, cloves, rosemary, light green spruce needles, leather, tobacco and smoke; with each sip, the full-bodied front impression is more severe, the barrel flavors soon dominate the picture, spicy and intense take control, sweet raisins, burnt caramel, vanilla, maple syrup, sweet licorice, salty liquorice, bitter with cold black Tea and walnut skin - a real old edged barrel board, this Riach!
    • Finish
      long, intense, pleasant blazing on the palate, warm-spicy with deep-roasted burnt caramel sweetness, heavy, the barrel can no longer be repressed. Totally intense sweet mocha (the spoon is standing) with brown candy and lots of pepper, also liquorice and bitter black tea and walnut skin notes are there ... and in the end thick raisins, thickened apple and spruce needle syrup hang on the palate ...

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I never would have thought, but the direct comparison shows: I prefer the 46.8% version.
    Or maybe I just caught an unusually badly balanced / sharp batch.
    Nice nose, too sharp on the palate.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Alcohol is palpable, initially shows a bourbon-like glue note. Marzipan, oloroso and a lot of oak: an interesting mix of fresh and old wood. Beautiful dunnage / wine cellar age flavors. Very present and full, but could be a bit more rounded or harmonious for my taste.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Significantly less wood, wood, wood, plus fat sweetness, light Oloroso spice and - unfortunately - an annoyingly aggressive alcohol sharpness. Nah, that's not just the tingling of the virgin oak; undiluted it bites and numbs the tongue properly. And water doesn't make it better - there must have been noticeably spicy distillate in the vatting. Unsightly, deduction of points.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Disappears faster than the age and filling strength would suggest. The sharpness remains noticeable, the fresh wood too, a slightly salty, nutty spiciness resounds ... Unfortunately, the whole thing seems a little hollow or empty to me, as if the distillate itself lacks substance.

  3. Remko did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - September 29, 2006

    BenRiach 25 yo (50%, OB, 2006) BenRiach keeps launching new expressions just like Bruichladdich does and even if that can be slightly irritating sometimes, it’s usually for the better so let’s not complain and taste this new 25yo that’s been only partly finished (again a new idea!) as it combines whisky matured in new oak and whisky finished in sherry butts. A winewoodsky, in other words… Hey, why not! Colour: gold.Nose: a rather expressive and unusual start on wood and menthol. Quite some peat as well, of the farmy kind, lots of liquorice, cider apple… Gets then sort of mustardy (horseradish as well?) and then rather animal (cow stable, manure). Rather oaky, dry and not easy-easy at all even if there’s a little candy sugar. Mouth: sweeter now, punchy but also slightly bitter, still quite green and herbal. Touches of salt and vanilla crème but also lots of strong tea, liquorice stick, dried herbs… Gets spicier with quite some green curry, pepper, also chlorophyll chewing-gum, walnut skin… Again a bit hard and bitterish, even if the rather long finish displays a little sweetness now (sultanas, cappuccino, Irish coffee). A certain acridness and dryness in this one, certainly not an easy going vatting. 84 points.

  4. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. rampah scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Color - Golden Amber
    Tasted on 02/23/2013
    • Nose
      92 92
      Honey, wheat grass and apricot
    • Taste
      92 92
      More honey, crisp cinnamon spice, dark chocolate cacao, citrus, marmalade, and some Sherry capped off with a puff of smoke.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Lots of peppery spice, lingering honey, and some floral tones with smoke. Overall, this is a clean, crisp whisky that will open up some more with a few drops of water.

  8. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Color - Golden Amber
    Tasted on 02/23/2013
    • Nose
      92 92
      Honey, wheat grass and apricot
    • Taste
      92 92
      More honey, crisp cinnamon spice, dark chocolate cacao, citrus, marmalade, and some Sherry capped off with a puff of smoke.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Lots of peppery spice, lingering honey, and some floral tones with smoke. Overall, this is a clean, crisp whisky that will open up some more with a few drops of water.

  9. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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