BenRiach 17-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Solstice - Edition 2
Stated Age
17 years old
Bourbon Barrels + Tawny Port Finish
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
LD 31460
Added on
16 Jan 2012 6:36 pm

Average value

€ 81,64

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 17-year-old

119 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.26 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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    • Nose
      Varied interaction between camp fire smoke and sweet, dark fruits, such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries. Peach, orange, grapefruit, a hint of vanilla / caramel and plenty of spices penetrate the dominant smoke after a few minutes. The powerful 50% by volume are perfectly integrated and never give the whisky an alcoholic or intrusive note.
    • Taste
      Strong onset with dry camp fire smoke, paired with a sweet fruitiness and a little spice. The blackberries and raspberries dominate the fruity part. First oak notes with a slight bitterness make themselves felt - hardly surprising at 17 years of storage time.
    • Finish
      The intensity of taste remains and allows a long and warm finish. Again, there is also a wonderful combination of camp fire smoke, fruitiness, dark chocolate and a spice becoming stronger, but which never becomes dominant or unpleasant.

  2. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    If there was a smoked fruit (and you love it) you should go for this malt. A very good combination of fruit and smoke but also a dance around some sharp edges on the palate.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10 
    • Nose
      Smoke, red fruits, port, berries, caramel, candles, berries, wood, roasted nut mix.
    • Taste
      Wood smoke, fruits, bacon, berries, white pepper, port.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke and and mix of port and fruit aromas. 

  3. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Smoke; a fruity, dry wine note and shortly afterwards a fruity sweetness, which immediately stimulates the production of saliva.
      The smoke is wonderfully integrated and reminiscent of freshly extinguished fire.
    • Taste
      Smoke, bacon; sharp / spicy; then follows dry wine; then sweet sweet wine, which stays longer. Furthermore sweet, fruity and also a slight nut note shows up. The smoke is there, but not dominant and does not outshine anything.
    • Finish
      Smoke; Nut; again the fruity wine note, first slightly sweet, then it gets a little drier. The smoke becomes campfire smoke again; the oak becomes slightly bitter, but in no way disturbing.
      Very well done.

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. dramspotter scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting; this was my second exposure to this Solstice and although this second score is higher than the first, I still do not see the appeal of this whisky.
    • Nose
      bacon, heavy peat
    • Taste
      peat, fighting port & peat
    • Finish

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nose: a lot of sweetness in the nose, slightly less notes, liquorice and of course peat smoke.
    Mouth: very very strong. That must be cask strength. Much peat and sweetness to the sharpness.
    In the finish, then some nutty notes and still a few flavors, some plastic. Then peat again, but not so intrusive.

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    successful port finish
    • Nose
      superficially a cowshed, slurry tanker, manure - changes after a few minutes to ashes and glowing logs, which were extinguished with water, the port nose is clearly noticeable, strawberry-raspberry mix
    • Taste
      red grapes, barbecue sauce, clear smoke in a bed of red sweet fruits
    • Finish
      sweet, medium long - like a glass of heavy red wine by the campfire

  9. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  10. 11insomnium scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nosing: Smoky, spicy, fruity, sweet, strong, dark fruits and a little floral, oak

    Tasting: Smoky, strong and spicy, fruity, sweet and at the same time tart, oak

    With water: fresher and a little lighter

    Comment: Bouquet somewhat weaker than expected. The post-maturation was probably rather shorter. More powerful in the nose than BenRiach Peated 2005 1st Fill Port Pipe, with less medical smoke in the taste.


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