BenRiach Septendecim

Overall rating
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

€ 85.00

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441 × member ratings

1014 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Septendecim

63 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.92 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. 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.

  4. RomanRekin scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Pyromann scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting bottle. I wouldn't guess Speyside here. Super combination of salty smoked meat and smoke with woody sweetness. I'm glad I have a bottle in my collection. But I would like another one!
    • Nose
      Special sweetness and smoked meat. Some synthetics, rubber. There is no smoke like from Islay, but the flow is good, very good. Some bandages. Very interesting combination of all ingredients in the scent.
    • Taste
      Salty smoke and smoked, which is washed with a finer sweet woodiness. Salty Schwarzwald ham. Bomb.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet-smoked, pungent. After a while salty and smoked again.

  7. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Formerly rated as 90 when i started off drinking this. Sampled at Milroys of Soho, the place where my journey started.

    Now, it rates about 86 only. Its sweet, malty, lightly peated and has an intense citrus flavor.

    Rather dull for my standards these days.

    Still delicious and perfect as an everyday dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Benriach's peated teenager is an okay dram, but apart from the nose it's surprisingly muted and flat for its 46 % bottling strength.
    • Nose
      A meaty smoke, perhaps a rib with its fat sizzling. Charred wood, anise, and salt, but the lack of any seaside notes says it's not an Islay whisky. Did they use first fill bourbon on this? The prominent sweetness kind of reminds me of Laphroaig 10...
    • Taste
      The initial taste's bold woodsmoke and bourbon-y sweetness are a plus, but the whole is one-dimensional and doesn't develop anywhere. There is a certain flabbiness to the body that's unbecoming of its ABV, and it feels a bit cold and distant overall.
    • Finish
      A tarry, honeyed peatiness stays a while, but the taste is pretty hollow.

  9. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Unmistakably modern peated whisky, quite clean and delicate nose, peanut oil, vanilla, honey, ashes, salty, lapsang-souchong tea. Finish with saltiness.

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84


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