Benromach 1978

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
19 years old
63.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Aug 2008 12:57 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 627.04

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 1978

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.80 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Rare Malts Selection, the name alone says it all. This Benromach from 1978 impresses with its mixture of fruit, sweetness, citrus, wood, nuts and earth tones. Subtle sharpness is a wonderful antithesis, nutty and earthy tones still stick between my lips. Tastes and likes!

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Amber shines caramel in the glass, on the glass wall of my premium snifter sticks a viscous streak from which a multitude of small "legs" come loose. Dark apricots and mirabelles, sugar and vanilla, followed by malt and a minimal hint of glue. Slightly floral, minimal hints of citrus, caramelized sugar and a hint of tangerine. The nose is wonderfully sweet and fruity ...
    • Taste
      Sweet, dark fruity with increasing sharpness. After the first sip, a pinch of white pepper sticks to the tongue, dark apricots and the peeling of orange peel stimulate the flow of saliva. Dried grapes and berries play with grapefruit and lemons, hazelnuts fall on dry leaves and soil, green apple and a hint of cold smoke, followed by spices and herbs. At the moment there are dark, smoky wood tones in the foreground ...
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is relatively short, hints of smoke, wood and hazelnuts followed by the rubbing off of dried orange and grapefruit peels. The aftertaste fades away earthy with an intense hazelnut note.

  2. The Macallan scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Back in the late nineties these Rare Malts used to be sold at Gall&Gall with wooden boxes. Now they become a rarity and I'm glad I still had some of the Rare Malts Series, bought in the late nineties.

    N: oloroso sherry but not intense, rich with dried fruit, woodspices, very gentle despite the high abv, this is crazy and yet so nice. (reduced: more citrus fruit, estery notes)

    P: full of flavor, fruit, wood, drying and very mild even on this high abv (reduced: more flavors like; woodspices, chocolate and dried fruit)

    F: anasthetic and very warm wich surprised me as the high abv wasn't there in the nose and flavor (reduced: nutmeg, tangy and some tobacco?)

    C: a whisky with class in my opinion. Got everything you can expect from a refill sherry. Time and water makes this version of Benromach your very best friend.

  3. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Malty. And powerful. Par for the course for a Rare Malt I guess. I detect some oiliness. Not much fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Too strong without water... Malty, herbal, and quite simple. Adding water adds some nutty components, but the strong, herbal, maltiness persist. White wine and apple juice. It's a bit hard to drink due to how spirity it is.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Some sweetness at the end with a hint of bitter. Grapefruit pith, pomelo, and green raisins. It's rare that I give the best score to the finish, but there!

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    The Rare Malts Selection is a series of bottlings – started in 1995 – from Diageo’s past in which single malts were released from mostly closed or demolished distilleries. But the success was huge so the owners branched out to other distilleries as well. All malts were between 18 and 30 years old, distilled between 1969 and 1981. You can find releases of Aultmore, Benrinnes, Blair Athol, Brora, Cardhu, Millburn, Linkwood, Teaninich and many others. Thanks to the success of this series – which last appeared in 2000 – Diageo launched the yearly Special Editions. I will try the old Benromach from 1978 that was released at cask strength of 63.8% in 1998.

    The nose is fairly old school with a clear sherry influence, but in first place mostly malty with some coconut and wood glue, blood oranges and cinnamon. Subtle smoke as well, must be from the cask. The fruit is of the dried variety, while there is also a touch of apricot marmalade and geraniums. Mildly rotting plants as well, but not disturbing. Wat surprises me – in a good way – is that you would absolutely not say that it’s a such a devilishly high ABV.

    On the palate too it is very mild. Sure, you get a short prickle of alcohol, but that is quickly transformed into wonderful taste. Candy sweet pineapple, grapefruit, red apples and juicy pears. More European than tropical. Midpalate the ABV does rear its head with a somewhat drying note and woodsmoke (might as well be some peat, who’s to tell?). But it never becomes aggressive, even though it suddenty shows some astringent chili peppers. Grand.

    The finish is pretty long, drying on old oak, nutmeg and tobacco. A touch of menthol at the death.

    The nose was okay, but on the palate it reveals it’s wonderful nature. The finish, however, is the best part of this Benromach. Class!

  6. Teresa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Moderator

    Pretty OK - water recommended
    • Nose
      87 87
      Honey, dry hay, vanilla, little fruity, some green and yellow fruits
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, subtle sweetness, vanilla, peach, banana
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, burning

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Sweet spices orange toffee grapefruit, reminds me a bit of some first smws bottlings, really enjoyable

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very, very own malt, RMS always creates strange barrels with a lot of power outside, that it is Romach, of course, that supports that. Still fascinating malt.
    • Nose
      The alcohol is noticeable in the nose, not because it stings fiery, but it looks like a waiting beast, as if there were a thick wall of fog in front of it, marzipan, almonds, cauliflower and a lot of rhubarb, light honey, a little apricot
    • Taste
      It gets sharper in the mouth with a start, slightly rotten apple, but still a lot of acidity, lemon, almonds, honey, vanilla, melon, rhubarb, peach
    • Finish
      Dry apple chips, apricot, marzipan, lemon grass, medium length

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83


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