BenRiach Septendecim

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peated Malt
Stated Age
17 years old
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Jan 2012 12:07 pm

Average value

€ 145.90

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467 × member ratings

1094 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Septendecim

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.99 points

  1. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Benriach Septendecim,

    I find you very poorly rated in the votes of this areopagus that I particularly like.
    На вкус и цвет товарища нет as we say ... tastes and colors are not discussed.
    This is very true, because you tick all the boxes for me. From the smell to the finale, you are stubborn and I am infatuated.

  2. Gaija did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This comes as a seriously great surprise, this is one of the most enjoyable "anti-Islayer" there is among the peaty contenders, and at that price, one could almost call that a hidden gem nowadays.
    • Nose
      Oooh but this is actually really nice, surprisingly mature and integrated. It's totally on the opposite of the peat spectrum compared to Islay once again, in the sense that it's a 100% organic profile, with no mineral or industrial components. Autumn walk in a moist forrest, with bacon and smoky mushrooms (something recurrent in peated BR in my experience, and I shall not complain), cold charcoal and wet dogs. I really like this.
    • Taste
      Nose's prolongation, altough a little less decipherable, but perfect in its own right. Very forrestian indeed, with gentle smoky leather, hot butter (the bourbon influence is not anecdotal), and soft nuts. 
    • Finish
      Same territorries, not extremely long but precise, both "organic" in its smoke and quite buttery again.

  3. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    An entry in the latin(-ish) named range from Benriach, stepping up from

    their 10-year-old Curiositas with a 17-year-old version of their peated

    Speyside dram. They say it harks back to the older peaty styles of

    Speyside whisky.


  4. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great bottling with great value (for its time).
    A nice and very elegant alternative to the Islay and Inselwhiskys, also a very nice change.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very pleasant and elegant smoke, slightly herbal (dry leaves and clippings in the fire) with a fresh sea breeze. In addition to the smoke, the other aromas have their own place right from the start without being covered by it. Vanilla, tangerine, strawberry, honey, delicate oak spice, fresh, crunchy carrots, pineapple and red grapes.
      The alcohol is very well bound.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very harmonious and elegant. Slightly oily, slightly peppery.
      Pleasant smoke, vanilla, strawberries, shortbread cookies, oak seasoning, leather, peach, honey, walnuts.
      The alcohol is also well integrated here.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish. Vanilla with a delicate hint of smoke, vanilla and peach.

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I really like the Benriach smokers, and the Septendecim is no exception
    • Nose
      Massive almonds, fresh apples, dry smoke, slightly sour, creamy, vanilla, a little salt, already has a maritime touch, some dark chocolate in the background
    • Taste
      Very creamy, a lot of vanilla, sweet, cinnamon smoke, yellow fruit, mandarins, pleasant, good intensity
    • Finish
      Slightly mint, mandarins, still noticeable smoke, fresh, slightly tart, ashy, nice aftertaste

  6. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cold smoke, ash, maritime, seaweed, moldy wood, matchstick sulfur, old wood, behind honey, peach, apricot, melon, some grain
    • Taste
      Ash, some honey, some melon, lemon, grapefruit, wood, pepper, ash

  7. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. El Bastardo scored this whisky 40 points Member Senior

    Of all the smoky whiskys I've tried so far, the one that I, as a non-smoking lover, dislike the least.
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke, but not acrid. Fruit note.
    • Taste
      Fresh, slightly sparkling.
    • Finish
      Strongly tingling, bitter and spicy.

  9. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Honest and straightforward malt, without any special surprises, but well done. Nice and intense aromas, for me a good alternative to Islay malts from the ex-BC.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Strongly smoky, in a rather dry way. When the nose has got used to it: yellow fruits, vanilla, malt, the typical aromas from ex-BC maturation.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Initially mild and sweet-fruity, then smoke and oak come to the fore.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Amazingly long. Smoke, oak, in between the light fruits again and again. Without bitter substances.

  10. craide scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    If the initially dominant smoke evaporates a bit, it is a very pleasant malt. Nose is varied, but the palate falls off.
    Sample is always enough for me.
    • Nose
      85 85
      First of all a lot of smoke / peat. First covers everything.
      Then comes some fresh charcoal. Moist forest floor, somewhat musty.
      The smoke is now better integrated for me. Allows other flavors to pass through. Some citrus with vanilla and bacon.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Soft, calm start, slightly sharp with a dose of oak flavor.
      Sweet, vanilla, a little salty.
      Flattened rather on the palate.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-length finish, greasy in the mouth, light peat is still there.
      Subtle fruit note.


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