BenRiach 1998

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 10
Stated Age
15 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Triple Distilled
Bottle code
Added on
17 Jul 2013 10:45 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 139,95

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 1998

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.01 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Interesting Malt in the best sense. The nose is very unusual, but in combination with taste and finish very exciting. wlak 17-2
    • Nose
      Uh, something is beating up here, an old sweaty sock or rotten meat. Fermented grapes, wet forest soil, moist cardboard, freshly cut mushrooms. And always this gum there ... Fruit sweetness flashes, is gone again. And back there, trying to tackle the gum. At first do not succeed.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, he shows up very differently than in the nose. No more gammel. The start is strong, 48% or above. Lots of dark berries, old dry firewood, leather, tobacco. Fresh bread dough with yeast. Raisins & dates. Almond slivers, toffee, ground coffee beans. The fruit is not too dominant, but beautifully embedded in the dark notes of wood, tobacco and leather. Spices are coming.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, slightly dry, but still full and full of flavors. The finish is a certain sharpness on the lips, which combines beautifully with the subtle fruit sweetness.

  2. molar3rd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Thick sherry but with some fruity aromas besides the obvious dried fruits : hint of pineapple , balsamic , spice mix , caramel ,toffee and some wood varnish.

    Palate: Lovely stuff going on here. Sweet fruit with a touch of pineapple in vanilla sauce, toffee and butterscotch all with bits if pepper here and there.

    Finish: Dried fruit and toffee.

    Another lovely example of sherry finished BR, not sure how the triple distilation changed the spirit , but it’s very good indeed. Personally I do prefer its younger peated sister cask but they are both great and at that price of 60 quid for 15 yo Cask Strength whisky, excellent VFM.




  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    After-tasting after one year. The nose is quite unique. At the first tasting I was able to post them as exciting and interesting, today I find them - without having tasted - rather exhausting.
    It does not get better on the tongue either. This gammel note, no, that does not go away anymore and unfortunately does not fit in, but stands out and spoils the enjoyment for a while.

  4. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 441: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gG_YiLoIs0 (83/100).

    "Incredibly wood heavy, very immature tanin reach. Quite fusile. ... It's an oddness, it's a strange one. ... 15 years going on 8."

  5. Albaron scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    The nose is catastrophic and I had no desire to continue. This kohlrabi or gamma flavor is really disgusting and does not belong here. But if you leave that behind, it rewards you. In the mouth great flavors and the finish develops that even further. Interesting what makes the barrel of the original whisky. It covers the actual character, but how is the Benriach actually? Could not say that now, because I have not figured that out yet. It's basically the opposite of the Diageo strategy. Here Spirit serves as a carrier, while at Diageo the spirit itself is highlighted. Exciting, because at Diageo, the surprises are small, here it is different. Both have something, although I actually prefer this and even though he is ultimately too sweet. A whole bottle would probably last a long time.
    • Nose
      first a kohlrabiaroma, which could also be described as fermented or moldy, which also does not disappear later, then comes sherry, quite sweet, raisins, plum jam, some cinnamon, in the background brown cane sugar
    • Taste
      strong onset, immediately sherry aromas, such as raisins, plum jam, baked apple juice, then a little tobacco and a light walnut note, distinct herbaceous oak, the brown cane sugar comes here on the way to the finish
    • Finish
      the pomegranate juice, juicy raisins and some herbs from the oak, very salivary and in the middle also some sulfur

  6. Helgo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wow. A great BenRiach and somehow really skewed. Something fermented and gammlig. Slight mushroom notes and a bit dusty. Then a lot of sweetness, dried fruit and some tobacco and yeast. Old armchair and some rubber. It follows a slight freshness of the alcohol before it then goes to the taste. Deep and oily, it runs together in the mouth. A massive sweetness is spreading. Very complex and multi-faceted with lots of spice and dark fruit. Long warming finish with raisins and a little dryness and a slight sharpness at the end.
    Great part guy! Many Thanks!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. vredensever scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is thick, sherry: wine tones (sweet sherry in abundance), burnt warm dried fruits, fresh fruit jam, dried berries, licorice, thick dark honey, humus, old dry wood, fruit resin (gum), lacquer. The taste is sharp, very sweet, a little bit sharp at the beginning: pepper, chocolate, steamed dried fruits, a tree in abundance, the ubiquitous sherry. At the end, astringent oak prevails. With a drop of water, the bitterness manifests itself, the sweetness and the sharpness diminish are not so noticeable. Aftertaste acute at the beginning, long, astringent: fruity-sugar sweetness, sherry, oak. Conclusion . Straightly sherry mole. Pedro Jimenez for 15 years, it was easy to overcome the triple pasture and fill it with yourself. Probably, it was planned. This whisky for admirers of super sweet, thick sherry kneads. I like. A good dessert. However, he dropped the score - the other for excessive sharpness. Score 88 (n23t22f22b21).

  8. tomy63 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    amber color, nose very marked PX, a lot of chocolate, with water a little plum, orange, prune, but never soft caramel. Thick mouth, creamy, quite powerful, well integrated alcohol, very marked chocolate, a little fruit if we add water, very greedy. Final a bit short.

  9. Rom scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The nose is very sweet and even sweet, on dried fruits and cocoa, with aeration appear prune and a hint of lavender. Good thick texture, very sweet attack. The medium is powerful, with aromas of caramel, cooked plum and a little coffee. The finale revolves around the same markers: chocolate, coffee and dried fruit (almond) with perhaps a thin veil of smoke and a little black pepper. Very good.

  10. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    PX very marked, a Benriach of good quality, provided to put water!
    • Nose
      Very PX. Only a finish say you or someone put the Benriach in a full barrel?
      Cocoa, caramel, dried fruit, plums, very sweet. Nose very slightly sulfur.
    • Taste
      Well sherry, creamy, even very sweet, it becomes heavy and a bit monolithic, on dried fruits, cooked plum, quetsches, chocolate.
      The water does a lot of good, develops more fruit, lightness, and creates more balance between the mouth and the finish.
    • Finish
      Chocolate, cooked plum, coffee, a little simple and a bit too alcoholic, but the water rebalances.


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