BenRiach Birnie Moss

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Intensely Peated
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
19 Sep 2012 10:57 pm

Average value

€ 39.95

7 × in wishlist

142 × member ratings

318 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Birnie Moss

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.24 points

  1. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Honest, unpainted, on an increased fortress, unfiltered. What else do you want for the money? The bite of young alcohols is certainly felt, but the concept of whisky is not about that. Quite a drink, nice. And in its price segment it is quite difficult to find a more worthy straight-line smoke box.
    • Nose
      Open, understandable, at least a little flat, but very honest. Extinguished fire, smoke, nuances of medical motives, a little alcoholic, vanilla, caramel, lemons, yellow apples.
    • Taste
      Sweet with a pleasant astringency, the degree of a good bite for the tongue, flat, straightforward. Smoke, zest of lemons, caramel, vanilla, the nuances of the Duchess drink.
    • Finish
      Short, quickly fading, due to the fact that the smoky seems more complex than it really is, in the distance is bitterness. Smoke, astringency, burnt branches, malt, vanilla, caramel.

  2. Albaron scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    A simple smoker. However, there are a few flavors that make him different. He is young, but there are others too. The mouth is the chocolate side, so delicious. Highly recommended for the price.
    • Nose
      Alcohol stings in the nose, then solvent and light dry smoke, cereals, cucumber water, grass clippings
    • Taste
      a little alcohol, pepper, phenolic smoke, grainy, vanilla toffee
    • Finish
      the smoke passes over into the tannins of the young oak. The whole remains only medium.

  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Color: very light, clear white wine
    - very strong, intense smoke aroma for a "Speysider"
    but rather thin in taste
    - apart from smoke, relatively few flavors, quite one-dimensional - there are significantly better ones for a comparable price
    from the island of Islay
    • Nose
      for an allegedly so strong smoky whisky, relatively little smoke in the odor, rather cold smoke, burned freshly extinguished wood
    • Taste
      Sweetish traces of vanilla, oak, a stronger smoke development on the palate now comes to the fore
    • Finish
      short finish;
      little to no smoke in the aftertaste

  4. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    blind tasting
    Nose: extremely moist, musty smoke, a hint of cowshed, sweet and sour fruits, with a little patience you will find oak and fresh walnut
    Taste: fruity beginning before the peaty character takes over, quite strong in terms of alcohol
    Finish: smoky with delicate bitterness, medium length
    Conclusion: drinkable, for me a somewhat stronger opposite pole to the intensive peat smoke is missing, the 48% suit him well, 76/100

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    That's tough.
    • Nose
      fruity, sour (lemon) and very alcoholic. One recognizes a slight earthiness, maybe also peat, no, definitely peat. In the background a few bright fruits and a hint of vanilla. With water the nose becomes spicier, more pleasant.
    • Taste
      strong peat smoke, liquorice in tons, somehow indefinable spicy. It becomes very light with water and the aromas remain.
    • Finish
      smoky, peaty, liquorice, slightly tart, a lot of peat and a lot of liquorice, some salt. No change with water.

  7. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Always like the abundance offering of solid peaty notes on Benriach. Burning cardboard, fresh nuts, chocolate candy and sour milk. Underlay with elementary solvent notes, along laundry, coconut oil and wild flower.

    P- Candy sweet, tropical fruits, plenty of earthy smokes with minimum wood influence. Energetic, oily, firm structure with quite a good width. Meant to be young at good price/quality ratio.

    F- Medium long, echoing young spirits, coconut oil with delicious sweet-sourish fruit smokes. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. molar3rd scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Oh my. This is almost a new make as far as the nose goes. if you have ever had a peated new make, this is it. Pears, apples, very fruity, a lot of peat, and so sweet. The color is almost clear too, with a wee yellowish hue.

    Palate: Sweet, fruit and new-make-ish. lots of smoke, some dough, and cereals. Schnapps like almost. Young, young young.

    Finish: Peat, Ash, and memories of far away fruit.

    While visiting Balblair last year we had a taste of a peated new make, and this reminds me of it quite a bit. I am not sure how long this one spends in the casks, but boy, it’s a baby whisky. I would not recommend buying it if you are not a real lover of the new make, and peated new make to be more precise, but it you are , then it’s a good way to go.



  9. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Wolv scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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


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