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BenRiach 1984 - Peated

Overall rating
86.15/100
votes
22
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 8
Vintage
1984
Bottled
07.2011
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Hogshead / Virgin American Oak Finish
Casknumber
7193
Number of bottles
215
Strength
54.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 Sep 2011 12:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 259,72

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13 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 1984 - Peated

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.15 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    On the nose alone, this would easily warrant a score between 88 and 90, but the palate and finish push that score down the deep end. To conclude with a Star Wars reference, it has gone over to the Dark Side.
    • Nose
      The nose is a great spicy mix of smoldering fire (I am transported to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Islay for a minute), pipe tobacco and breakfast bacon. After a while a dark fruitiness emerges as in dried prunes and blackcurrants. A pinch of candid sugar. The ghost of sherry is there again, but the label clearly states Virgin Oak. An atypical BenRiach if ever there was one. But what a Nose (with capital N)!
    • Taste
      On the palate, it kicks off spicy, sweet and pretty smoky. But it quickly turns somewhat sourish. Wine vinegar, for the love of God! What a let down. Well, that sounds too harsh, I am sure, but it cannot fulfill the promise of the nose. Not by a long shot. Sour and bitter overtake the palate and I do not like it one bit.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, but very drying.

  2. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I thought we had an absolute cracker based on the nose, but on the palate it gets a little out of balance. Recommended for fans of extreme whisky.
    • Nose
      Is this a sherried Ardbeg? Or Karuizawa? Nice anyway, I really like the combination of sweet peat, embering fires and punchy spices. Smoked ham and sweet tobacco. Blackcurrants and dates. Pepper and nutmeg. Some cedar wood. It's big in different directions and the balance is spot-on.
    • Taste
      Punchy, still quite smoky, spicy and sweet, only now there's also a slightly disturbing sourish element (raspberry vinegar maybe). Dry oak as well. Growing herbal notes. Anything but subtle, even a bit over the top now. I'd suggest a few drops of water.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, drying and peaty.

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