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Overall rating
84.49/100
votes
327
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060088790182
Added on
11 Apr 2014 5:42 pm by Bachess

Average value

€ 108,62

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327 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 20-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.49 points

  1. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla, fruit
    • Taste
      Vanilla, honey, apples, nutty
    • Finish
      medium
      For a 20 year old but rather disappointing - one-dimensional - 88 points

  2. mosesumike scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For this price and the age, the PLV is optimal. And if you still value good whisky craft, you have to try it. You can not do anything wrong here. Note: No sherry wonders and a little too little.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Balanced nose with apple Helene and berries with spicy vanilla. You think of smoke, but very far away. Then some herbs in the soup. That's the way to enjoy your nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Here happens less than the nose promises. Too bad. But still very balanced sweetness with woody spices and some candied caramel. OK, there are still small oranges with vanilla bars. Everything looks very harmonious. After work malt.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to long but everything in the bitter direction. But not unpleasant. With peppery spices and still sweetly he says goodbye with his head held high. Good craft!

  3. matts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Character: A light, slightly fruity nose in summer and summery, but unfortunately somewhat one-dimensional in taste. Very soft and creamy. You should like vanilla. Rating: The nose is not that bad and really makes you want to try it. The taste of the Benriach 20 then falls but unfortunately significantly. I find it somehow almost remarkable that 20 years of maturation beyond the creamy vanilla can produce such a narrow taste spectrum and the finish falls for me in the category "unspectacular". I would never have typed blindly at such an advanced age. In the overall view quite drinkable, but in my memory burns this Benriach not a positive. Today there are 84 points for it .
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: Citrus fruits, cereals, sweetness *, Floral *, spicy, * = low / decent Description: Before the first sip, there is a mixture of limes, lemons and orange zest and a good portion of bread dough in the nose. Behind a mix of bright exotic fruits invites to a slightly longer and closer exploration. Mango and pineapple mingle with ripe pears. All the same, there is a certain freshness that reminds me of green tea. Some honey and malt complete the rather light, quite varied light fruity overall impression. With a very light, not really annoying bite of alcohol in my nose, my spontaneous reflex says "maybe a nice summer whisky". The longer I smell, the more you get a floral tone and a certain spice. I feel reminiscent of heather.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: vanilla, creamy, malt, wood, sweet *, citrus *, coffee * Description: The drop meets remarkably creamy but unfortunately also somewhat restrained on the tongue. For a much too short moment unfolds a certain intensity, the taste slightly sweetish vanilla and malt rinsed through the mouth. Judging by the nose, there is surprisingly little fruit. A hint of citrus and that's it. In the transition to the finish, the oak comes through: an increasingly dry tasting Holgeschmack takes command. After all, with a little imagination, there is still a bit of coffee. My overall impression: really very gentle and soft, physically rather weak and tasted monotonous. Alright, but with a tendency to boring. Somehow I lack the breadth and depth of taste.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: vanilla, oak *, nut *, sweetness * Description: The finish is medium long. Creamy vanilla and some oak sound unspectacular. The basic tone is slightly sweetish. Over time, it will become increasingly dry and at the very end bitter almonds may sound (not unpleasant).

  4. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Slightly thin and immatured at age 20. But nice tastes.
    • Nose
      Sherry, spicy oak, dried fruits and honey.
    • Taste
      Citruses, vanilla, spicy oak, caramel and cocoa. Dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium length, bittersweet, spicy.

  5. Immerenga scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Immerenga scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Complex, full, tasty. The nose of this whisky just makes you wish you could swim in it, inhale it all day long. It´s mouth watering
    • Taste
      Even though it only comes at 43%, the taste if quite perfect. This is exactly how a bourbin barrel should taste. So smooth, round, elegant it makes you long for more while still savouring your first sip
    • Finish
      Mouth watering after tase. Such elegance

  7. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    mature and lovely nose, classical speyside profile, suggary and creamy, ripe banane, overripe apples, not much (red)fruit in the backround propably due todominant bourbon casks

    initial taste is a bit flat and watery but it develops and repeats the song of the nose (adding some nuttiness), although not as nice/perfect as the nose was

    finish is solid and of medium length, good length for 43%. touch of oak, honeylike aftertaste. first sips are pushing forward to another glass because its tasty and doenst challenge you too much

    a ladys drink and i dont mean that in a bad way.

    excellent price as it was offered for around 65€. still not too expensive at 80€ compared to the prices of other 20yo bottlings.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I would like to thank Nethar for the tasting! I have completed my education in the BenRiach base line.
    • Nose
      Hmmm ... a pretty full and rich scent where there is plenty to discover. I have not had so many scents to smell for a long time. Stylishly it's about malt-spicy whisky, even with the percentage slightly above the legal limit being sharper. Floury honey, cinnamon, lush woody, nuts, vanilla, raisins, dried banana, candied pineapples, occasionally pepper, and even banging up to roasted meat. Stylishly reminiscent of some sherry whisky. (86 b)
    • Taste
      Warmly spicy in first impression, then a lot of wood and bitter chocolate in a creamy velvety garment, a shame of bitter bitterness. (84 b)

  10. elzAberino scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Not a bad malt, but there are definitely better Benriach fillings
    • Nose
      spicy and floral notes, nuts, honey
    • Taste
      very soft, very good alcohol, honey, nuts, chocolate
    • Finish
      supple and somewhat shallow, full oak, chocolate, some citrus fruits, medium-length but unfortunately a bleak finish, it lacks the complexity for a really great malt

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