BenRiach 1989

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 8
Stated Age
22 years old
Sauternes Hogshead / Sauternes Finish
Number of bottles
49.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 sep 2011 12:37 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 148.69

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 1989

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.42 points.

  1. kenisam scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Very enjoyable fruity sweet quite harmonic whisky, which on the other hand doesn't provide the depth expected from its age.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very nice, fruity, vanilla, honey, melon, quite sweet
    • Taste
      86 86
      Spices, pepper, melon, honeycomb, rather round and harmonic
    • Finish
      85 85
      Мedium length, very sweet, nice, but unremarkable

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  3. Gil firth scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice soft and citrusy/melony benriach.
    Good vfm

  4. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A lovely whisky just a tad too basic.
    • Nose
      White peaches, very fresh fruitiness. With time turns to tinned peaches in syrup with an underlying note of malt. Red apples and other orchard fruits coming to play.
    • Taste
      Berries and grapes, fresh red grapes with plenty of juice. Grape juice with a soft spicy tingle. A fruit salad with vanilla ice cream, the kind you had as a dessert when you were little.
    • Finish
      Back on the white peaches with the furry skin. Its soft its delicate, medium.

  5. vredensever scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Aroma : citrus, honey, flower theme, herbs (mint), fruits (ripe, sweet, tropical), earthy shades (foliage, humus), sweet sandy pastries, some chocolate. The taste is sweet: wine notes, berries and fruits, spices (vanilla), pastries, citrus, oak with bitter taste. The aftertaste is simple, oak with bitterness: a little spice (vanilla, pepper) ,. In development berry-wine theme and sweet, astringent oak Conclusion . As a rule, you expect a lot from a sotern barrel and often expectations are justified. Someturn finish can sometimes work wonders. And this time everything is not bad and even very good, but without brilliance, without development. Quite simply ... However, the pitches are high. In general, easy, pleasant silence. Score 85 (n22t21f21b21).

  6. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity (apricots, pineapple, tropical), vanilla, sweet, almons, citrus
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, fresh, sweet, fruity (apricots, pineapple, tropical)
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, fruity

  8. Sonett scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Nice and drinkable
    • Nose
      Lots of fruits, Apricots, Peach, Melon and Honey. Mature nose without alcohol tendencies. With water green apples appears and after some rest also lemon peel
    • Taste
      Enters sweet with rapidly increasing spices. 
    • Finish
      Medium long with spices fading out in a woody tone

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Argh, it started off so well with that almost tropical nose. But on the palate, it became a bit too much. A bottle will set you back around 95 EUR, which is fair for a single cask of this age. But the regular release, the BenRiach 16 Year Old Sauternes, is more to my liking.
    • Nose
      Ah, the nose is wonderfully fruity, almost tropical. Yep, all sorts of fruits, but the main aroma, without a doubt, is juicy pineapple. Some vanilla and even almonds with a hint of citrus. Baked apples on cinnamon, too. Fresh and crispy.
    • Taste
      It is slightly creamy on the palate, softly spiced with pepper and cinnamon, and again very fresh and fruity. Pineapple, melon, citrus. But midpalate it becomes honeysweet. Too sweet to my taste. Who would have thought?
    • Finish
      The medium length finish remains utterly sweet.


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