BenRiach 1988

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 5
Stated Age
19 years old
Virgin American Oak Barrel
Number of bottles
53.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 sep 2008 5:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 201.30

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 1988

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.38 points.

  1. Ras Mazunga did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

    n: very beatifull woodtones, line seed oil, beeswax, candles, oak, apples show up

    t: peat, apples, tea,

    f: oak and menthol.

    c: a pleasure to drink this one

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  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Along with the rest of the table in the tasting I attended, I found this one to be astonishingly bourbonlike, and as such a little different from what you'd usually expect a new wood scotch to be. Maybe it's the fact it was fully matured instead of just finished or second matured in virgin oak? You can still tell the fruity spey-style make through the wood which makes it to me more interesting than bourbons, but alas, this cask is not much of a swimmer. It holds together nicely neat, but some perfumey, nylon-ish offnotes sneak up with water.

  4. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    19 yo 1988/2008 (53.6%, OB, Virgin
    American oak, cask #4020, 296 bottles)

    Colour: gold. Nose: this one is, as
    expected, extremely oaky and ‘modern’,
    starting on orange peel and nutmeg,
    then quite some ginger, coconut and
    vanilla and finally mega-huge notes
    of fresh orange juice. Also a little
    nutmeg. More straight oak coming through
    after that (wet sawdust) as well as
    even more vanilla. The good news is
    that it never gets ‘too much’,
    which is rather incredible considering
    it was in fresh oak all along. Rather
    simpler than the 1976/1977, though.
    Mouth: rich, creamy, oily, starting
    all on these very gingery/nutmeggy
    notes that one can find in most ‘oak-made’
    Glenmorangies (Artisan and the likes.)
    That gives it a very ‘modern’
    taste that should appeal to many malt
    lovers, but I must say I prefer more
    natural Benriachs, even if this is
    perfectly made. Goes on and on with
    a lot of vanilla, bitter oranges and
    tinned pineapples. With water: more
    nutmeg, sign of a rather talkative
    oak. Finish: long, clean and unexpectedly
    balanced. Benriach’s fruitiness
    works well with the new oak here and
    leaves your mouth fresh as a baby’s.
    Comments: again, not a style that
    I cherish but I must say this is perfectly
    made. Quite spectacular. SGP:652
    – 87 points.

  5. Willie JJ scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky.
    • Nose
      Porridge and pears, whiffs of barley sugar and smoke. Very nice.
    • Taste
      Boiled fruit sweets with an explosion of peppery spices. Exciting.
    • Finish
      It's all about the spice. Very dry and peppery.


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