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BenRiach Septendecim

Overall rating
84.79/100
votes
393
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peated Malt
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060088793701
Added on
24 Jan 2012 12:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 70,33

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963 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Septendecim

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.79 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

     

  3. zaphod155 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An actually quite appealing Peated Malt, which undergoes a beautiful development. The good impression, however, is clouded for me by these increasingly clear bitterness.
    • Nose
      Slightly ashy smoky note. A vague memory of baked apple, but not too sweet. Clear citrus notes. Vanilla and malt come through. Above all this hovers clearly noticeable, but not dominant smoky note. Even spicy oak notes are not missing.
    • Taste
      Here is the smoke note to notice first. Immediately followed by a honey sweetness. In addition comes oak spiciness and for a short time a proper sharpness. The citrus flavors appear again, but also bittertöne.
    • Finish
      A long finish that changes from sweet to spicy to bitter.

  4. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke, apple, pear
    • Taste
      Smoke, spicy, nutty
    • Finish
      Long and spicy and a bit bitter

      Can compete with Islay Whisky - more interesting malt for blind tasting

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    sweet smoke, fruit, well integrated. Great nose, good aroma, slightly weaker finish. Good whisky, if not a smoke-flyer.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Highly idiosyncratic nose, hard to pick apart. Some fairground candy sweetness mingling with farmy aromas, fungal mustiness, and dry, herbal smoke (in the direction of Ledaig 10), all of which is great, but there's also some wet wool and burnt plastic, i.e., aromas I'm less fond of. The off notes come and go, though: this is a real shapeshifter.

    The attack is way more forgiving than the nose would have you suspect. Some real sweetness, a silky texture and no bite whatsoever. The spiciness only builds up with time, so that the impression slowly graduates from "soft" to "substantial". After the first sip, additional aromas appear: smoked (Lapsan Souchong) and fermented (Oolong) teas, together with dry, crumbling, rotting autumn leaves. After initial skepticism, this is growing on me. With subsequent sips, the taste settles into a groove somewhere between honeyed and herbal, a combination that, to my mind, always works. Fudgy caramel notes from the Bourbon casks reign in the acerbic, surprisingly young-seeming peat smoke aromas.

    The finish is long, as could be expected, and remains on the sweet-and-tart seesaw, with an alcoholic zing that, interestingly, only pops up at the death. Despite the initial soft impression, this is a mouthwatering, oily, clingy liquid, and it will stay with you for quite some time. Warming, hearty fare, perfect for stormy, rainy days in the fall. Be advised though: this is one helluva unfruity, dry fellow...

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Until a Whiskybase technical issue is resolved:

    https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/71/topic/17413/newly-added-notes-only-showing-the-first-few-lines

    I am restricted to provide only a rating and a link to my reviews:

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/bottle-polishing-summer-2018-runners-up/

  8. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    No, it offers nothing to me, is too simple and the smoke is not very strong but dominant
    • Nose
      Cheese foot !, Kuhstalll, cheese !, smoke is less
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      slightly oak, spicy, sharpness, smoke is more, later minimally caramel, the alcohol bounces something
    • Finish
      rather short, minimal oak, smoke

  9. Sandman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, pear, mandarin, wet grass, lemon, baked apples, vanilla, honey, melon and spices.
    • Taste
      Turf foil, salty, iodine, tobacco, chewing gum, lemon peel, baked apples, new wood, hint of clove, ginger, hay and a hint of pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, smoke, chewing gum, lemon, spicy, hay and a hint of pepper.

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