Benromach 30-year-old

Overall rating
87.96/100
votes
145
Whiskybase ID
WB23646
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
1st Fill & Refill Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
AA/AABF
Barcode
5020613026230
Added on
19 jul 2011 3:59 pm

Average value

€ 612.01

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145 × member ratings

151 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Benromach 30-year-old

26 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.96 points.

  1. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. elipszis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I don’t like drinks this age, it’s just too much.
    • Nose
      85 85
      very aggressive chemical lemon scent
      glue
      banana shake with lots of sugar
      old furniture
      dusty
      cigar
      chocolate
    • Taste
      85 85
      oily
      rounded
      banana
      citrus
      sherry
      nutty
      dusty
    • Finish
      84 84
      musty hazelnut chocolate
      bitter
      chemical lemon
      sherry
      nutty
      salty
      medium finish

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    On the doorstep to greatness, but sadly never enters. I don't know if it's the 43 % that flattens it, but I do adore its nose, taste and finish. If only it had more punch.

    Tasted with Benromach 10yo 100° proof (85 pts.), Benromach 2006-2018 for Van Wees 59,2% (86), Benromach 1998 20th Anniversary 56,2% (85), Benromach 2005-2014 Hermitage finish (81) and Benromach 35yo bot. 2015 (89).
    • Nose
      So very much "old style". This is what I feel Benromach currently tries to emulate. Worn leather, anise, sea salt and faint smoked white fish. Some tropical fruit come up after a while, as well as dark wood, and chlorine.
    • Taste
      Minerals and leather. Tropical fruit of all kinds, and dry chalk. The body is gorgeous, but a little loose. Perhaps this should have been a 46 %, or were the casks just tired? Still, I do adore it, and even in its diminished state it stands at the top of the tasting lineup (see above). Great stuff!
    • Finish
      For a slightly flat whisky, the finish is surprisingly long. If only it were bolder! Soft leather and a greasy fruitiness.

  5. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice initially with fruit and sherry but gets a bit too much oak.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. joerihoste scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    30 Year Old Bottle 2011 (1st Fill & Refill Sherry) WBID: 23646
    N: lovely sherried smoke, honey, pencil shavings
    P: stonefruits, raisins and spice
    F: medium-long with spice

  7. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    21 21 21 21 84 - one bottle

    22 22 20 21 85 - another bottle, all the same arrogance in taste and even more in aftertaste ....

  10. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. waal scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Clear sherry influence with honey, grapes and grape seeds. Custard and shavings from a pencil sharpener. The oak can be clearly felt. Overall, the scotch looks rather dry and woody. Pleasant sweetness and fruits (peaches and pears), however, hold against it. The nose can be described as quite intense. If you let the glass stand for some time, the aromas are much more harmonious and you discover a fine, nutty malt with slightly bitter orange zest. If you swivel the glass, the wood will come through more clearly. The longer the whisky is in the glass, the more the sour impression prevails.

    Taste:
    Very balanced and pleasant at first. The body is rather defensive. Lots of nuts, chocolate, grapes and a few raisins. A hint of creaminess with a tendency towards a watery impression. There is a slight acidity above everything that not everyone will like. Over time, the whisky tilts and brings me mineral and floral notes that I really don't like here.

    finish:
    The medium-long finish is accompanied by hazelnuts and cinnamon. In the taste, citrus fruits come through again. The cold espresso from the previous day is added as well as a strong impression of hops.
    Did I just have beer in my mouth?

    Conclusion / points:
    "Because of this malt, no Eskimo falls off the sled."
    I would have estimated the scotch to be much younger and would have guessed that barrels that were mostly worn out were at stake here.

    83/100
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  12. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. BehindSpace scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  14. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    gentle, old, oldschool - after a few seconds you are in the 70s and early 80s - the flavor is so delicate and enticing and yet has so much to tell. With 46-48% it would be a dream and would also get 2 more points - delicious - unfortunately only 43%
    • Nose
      90 90
      complex delicate sweetness, herbal tea, furniture polish, blossom nectar, crystalline lemon, very old tropical wood with the wood care oil of decades in the pores, with liquorice, liquorice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of cloves. Smoke that has been broken down almost beyond recognition - a touch of wiener sausage water with beech smoke, most of these smoky notes are creamy in a pot pourrie of flowers, autumn leaves, cut flower stalks, damp old cardboard boxes, wood glue, dried dates, citrus peeled - pulsing again and again - that's a hint of wood smoke flashes.
      extremely oily, smooth, absolutely non-alcoholic, candied fruit mixture - exotic, delicately sweet and sour so strongly interwoven that it is difficult to separate the components, when warmed it gets a sticky, sweet honey nose, cedar wood and BBQ sauce reveal its origin - that's how it is it is more intense - but unheated, but much more elegant and clear, noble.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Dried pineapple, papaya, mango, apple jelly - fine smoke, finely grated old waxed hardwood, pine resin, cedar wood, leather, mushrooms, delicate liquorice, malt candy, black tea with honey and a tiny dash of rum, geranium leaves, jasmine oil, wax
    • Finish
      89 89
      sweet, tingling, smoke, wood, blossoms, wax, sherry tones dance - spicy, sweet, fruity, bitter, pepper - simply delicious - medium-long - to long

  15. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A trip back to my young days, where my parents bring me to a wooden restraurant beside the sea. It still evening, but abit cloudy and I can feel the nice sea breeze. We pickup our fresh crab and I ordered a milk shake while waiting the crab to be served. 
    • Nose
      Salty crabs? Mushroom, wet dusty oak, coriander. With a bit water, sweet malty porriage with vanilla.
    • Taste
      Dusty oak is pretty dominant at the first sip. Then some fruitiness and saltiness rise from behind.
    • Finish
      Medium, oak fragrance and salty 

  17. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N- Under-ripe banana, soft honey, chocolate and cigar box.

    P- Fragrant wood, mellow, tobacco and good strength at just 43%. Syrupy sweet.

    F- Long, fragrant wood again with liquorice and peppery warm.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This was quite a nice older whisky. It was quite sprightly for it’s age, especially on the palate, and there were some very interesting herbal notes on it. It had lost a good deal of the Benromach character, for example I could barely find any peat in here, and it was much more into the generic Speyside malt territory, albeit very good 30 year old generic Speyside malt.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/05/07/benromach-30/
    • Nose
      Honey. Acetone. Rich wood. Stewed pears in wine sauce. Spearmint. Oranges. Peaches (peach flavouring to be precise). Smoked turkey pastrami. Pepper. Aniseed. Some very very light woodspice.
    • Taste
      Dry wood. Peaches. Fennel. Aniseed. Melon. Nutmeg Some dark fruit notes. Dates. A bit of a floral note. Maybe a little earthy peat.
    • Finish
      Medium. Light splintery wood. Unlit tobacco. Charcoal. Date honey.

  19. pieters87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Got this sample at the distillery after a visit. Tasting it today so let's see if this is a benromach that can compete with the older Benromach's I have tried.

    nose: sweet grapes, orangezest, blueberries, pink lady apple, peaches, little bit of toffee. I love this stuffTaste: a little bitter, peppery and malty at first. Lots of spices and white stonefruits. Nuts kick in. A fruity and spicy finish with a touch of smoke.  For a 30-year old whisky at 43% this still has quite the alcohol warmth. In a blind tasting I would have guessed this one a lot younger. Very nice dram. I love the old style Benromach. Great whisky but my expectations were higher when I smelled this dram. The nose is just brilliant. 
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Mmmmm, thirty years well spent. Benromach core Speyside character shining through, with that lovely mix of sweet barley with a touch of savoury smoke.
    • Nose
      Rich cereal tones, blended with honey and dark orange marmalade. Sweet ripe fruits – apples, blackberries, lychees. Big Red cinnamon chewing gum. Earthy, mossy and mineral-rich with a touch of coastal rocks. Good whiff of oak, too.
    • Taste
      Thick and oily on the tongue. Rich and malty with tangy lime, grapefruit, and blood oranges. A soft touch of tart raspberry, too. More cinnamon and honey melding into dark, rich coffee and cocoa solids with a slab of marzipan.
    • Finish
      Long and oaky with peppercorns and a savoury wisp of drying, gravelly smoke.

  21. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Benromach;

    This rich, elegant old Benromach expression will be a highly prized addition to your own collection. With a complex style it makes a deeply enjoyable fireside dram. Pour a glass and notice the bright gold colour — very apt for a whisky that has won so many awards. First enjoy the AROMA WITHOUT WATER… initial rum and raisin notes, with a delicate vanilla edge, give way to smooth peach and nectarine fruit flavours mingling beautifully with toasted malt. Now take a good sip, swirl it around your mouth and savour the TASTE WITHOUT WATER. There are hints of rich sherried Christmas cake with a touch of marzipan, and mixed spices. It’s deliciously smooth and creamy with mouth warming qualities. Now add a little water and take a few inhalations to enjoy the AROMA WITH WATER. Through the subtle notes of ripe green apples, a delicate touch of charred oak smoke comes to the fore and malty notes emerge, too. Now the moment you’ve been waiting for: the TASTE WITH WATER. There’s a wonderful initial burst of Sherry sweetness with a hint of peat smoke and black pepper, giving a long, smooth and warming finish. This whisky was awarded the Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky 28-34 Years (Multiple Casks), scoring 95.5 points out of 100 in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2012. What aromas and tastes do you sense? Matured in first fill and refill Sherry casks.

  22. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    [Sample Oct '14]N: Well aged malt with a touch of peat and vanillas
    T: Peppery, meaty, citrus, robust maltiness with wood coming to the fore. Good body and texture.
    F: Chocolate and fruit sweets
    C: Good stuff

    Scores a B

    [Sample - Mar '15]

    N: Amazing jammy nose - some grand old casks used here and everything you want inside including the truly intact [pancake] grain. Its jam central also. This one deserves time. Lots of depth

    T: Very nice, lots of sherry and oak in equal measure - dryish, deep wood charring and clearly very old stuff. Interesting bitter/sweet charm, everything working but not with total conviction however.

    F: Briny, charred, sour/sweet sherry sweetness

    C: Deserves respect despite its flaws. In stark contrast to many vibrant 30yo [Highland Park & Balblair for example], this one is an old 30. very old and very good,

    Scores a B also

  23. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dried fruit and christmassy, with raisins having the upper hand. Also some toffee, caramel and fudge. This makes for a very nice and complex nose.
    • Taste
      Some aniseed, marzipan and peach compliment the spices. A warming mouthfeel despite the relatively low alcohol percentage.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly there's some lovely subtle wood smoke here, which goes well with the aromas from the nose and taste.

  25. Sonett scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very reasonable priced 30 yo.
    • Nose
      Fruity nose with red apples, light toffee, white raisins, vanilla and a bit of citrus fruit peel
    • Taste
      Enters soft and light with a pleasant sweetness of white fruits. Then quickly going towards an oaky walnut taste and soft spices
    • Finish
      Medium long finish with with a light bitter almond end combined with a light honey sweetness

  26. Malt Hans scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fruity aroma, red apples, mint, peach, orange

    juice, toffee, vanilla and peat. Vanilla sweet taste, cardamom, anise,

    peach, walnut, almonds, heather honey and malt. Long, fruity and spicy

    end.

  27. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A new release from the Speyside distillery. Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks. Jim Murray`s Whisky Bible 2012 Winner 28-34 Years (Multiple Casks).

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