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

€ 237,12

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 17-year-old

125 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.23 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. rottendon scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very pleasant representative, whose bitterness must find friends in the aftertaste.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A dark fruity, slightly smoky, greasy note forms the beginning, along with a few herbs and gently tickling alcohol. After a while, more saturated, more fruit, slightly fermented, the alcohol no longer tickles. The smoke has also decreased significantly. It is warmed a little soapy, the fruits become lighter, some disinfectant and iodine are added, all in all quite appealing.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Quite strong start, nice oily mouthfeel, moderate malty peat sweetness at the beginning, it dries off clearly at the back. In between there are also fruity notes with a slight acidity. Liquorice and menthol.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish it dries further, becomes quite tart, but it doesn't look like oak, more like young peated malt. It gets a little salty. Quite a long time overall.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    combination of meat, smoke, bacon, iodine, grassy, caramelized and fruity candied.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. 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

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  6. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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. 

  8. The_Independent scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    —- blind tasting —-

    Conclusion: a heavy smoker, I think quite young. Could have been a port barrel.
    • Nose
      Intense, aromatic smoke, sweet, red fruits. The alcohol stings a little. Over time I notice a little toffee.
    • Taste
      Very strong onset, voluminous and heavy, sweet and bitter, licorice, mineral ash.
    • Finish
      Intense and quite long, very spicy, furthermore the liquorice and the light ash.

  9. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant and strong smoker. It is unfortunate that this quality is no longer bottled.
    • Nose
      Medium smoke, fresh, some iodine, sea breeze. Plus lots of sweet fruit, mainly grapes, oranges.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity appearance, immediately biting on the tongue, a little smoke (less than in the nose). On the second sip, significantly more smoke can be felt. Then a lot of sweet grapes again.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet, accompanied by a mild dry smoke. Warms enormously.

  10. mothers_finest scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87


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