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BenRiach 17-year-old

Overall rating
87.26/100
votes
680
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Solstice - Edition 2
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels + Tawny Port Finish
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060088793725
Added on
16 Jan 2012 6:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 179.95

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 17-year-old

112 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. 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.

  4. joep scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  5. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant fruity, oaky, smoky combo. Port finish works well.
    • Nose
      Smoked ham, camphor, forest fruits and salted caramel.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Pepper, sweet fruits, smoke, spicy oak and vivid acidic wine notes.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, oaky, spicy.

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Pulliworm scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    nice peat. not that peat monster like some Islay malts but gentle, organic peat. some bacon, "cold" smoke. that combined with a nice fruity, grapes, some fudge and vanilla. oaky and a fine peppery note. Nice gently peated dram!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful smokey Benriach, so far none of them really disappointed, nice thing!
    • Nose
      Very nice BBQ Smoke comes through present, in addition to red berries, beautiful blood orange, apricot, fig, toffee, vanilla, thyme, black pepper, very old car seat leather, half torn, oregano, nutmeg, very promising everything!
    • Taste
      Blood orange, BBQ Smoke always behind, then beautiful herbs such as in the nose, oregano, thyme, heather, moss, rosemary, some incense vllt., Sage, grapefruit peel, bitter orange, dried apricot with kernel, very meaty-smokey everything, yummy
    • Finish
      The dry steak smoke stays well back, plus some dark malt and citrus peel, especially grapefruit, with a touch of oregano, medium in length

  10. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A good combination of wine finish and smoky base, there is a sense of integrity and fusion, the harmony between smoke and port. Worthy mole, spicy, dense, deep enough, you can sit with him, pose in nuances, or you can simply drop all the difficulties and slowly swim in the smoky port-stream.
    • Nose
      Warm, fresh, smoke, warm coals fire, peat, fat smoked fish.
    • Taste
      Sweet-smoky, coal, dry peat, wine sweetness, raisins, a little rubber.
    • Finish
      Bittersweet, on a warm smoky background, weak ginger, burnt biscuits, dry orange peel, compost sour.

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