BenRiach 1998

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 11
Stated Age
16 years old
PX Sherry Puncheon / Triple Distilled
Number of bottles
57.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Aug 2014 1:53 pm by Angelos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 101,26

12 × in wishlist

46 × member ratings

80 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 1998

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.55 points

  1. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior


    At the first contact he is still too alcoholic. 10-15 minutes waiting time (with covered glass rather 15-20) you should plan before you get more involved with this bottling. That's also the only reason why this great bottling, I take that in advance, with me no 90 points or more creates.

    After a sufficiently long wait you will be rewarded with a rather complex nose for your age. The whisky is, after the alcoholic top note is gone, spontaneously older than 16 years, I would have typed blind rather 18-20 years.

    Draft, maturity and richness are the spontaneous impressions.
    Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to describe the rehearsal trick too quickly in order to describe it in a calmer and more detailed way. But you can take a lot of rest and time with this complex nose and will certainly discover much more.

    In taste, this bottling is a great, great sherry bomb with nuts, burnt almonds and a lot of marzipan, not as sweet as some other PX whiskys and not dry, but rather juicy. As well as the sweetness is not in the foreground (but is present) is also a certain bitterness, but also only slightly noticeable and remains in the background. A few juicy blood oranges are added, but these are not in the foreground despite the juiciness.
    This whisky is somehow old-fashioned-rich and has an outstanding balance. If I noticed an impression more clearly, it was this wonderful, creamy-creamy enamel that I liked so much in the much simpler, triple-distilled 12yo Horizons.
    This 16yo triple-distilled PX single cask is even more beautiful, even clearer.

    Conclusion: For all sherry bomb friends a real recommendation.
    Ralfy (review # 568) gave 90 points and I can almost call that (89 for me). His description also applies in my opinion.
    Although I'm a BenRiach fan, I did not think a 16yo could be that good. He lacks the herbalism that is often present in the well over 20-year BR single-cask bottlings, but otherwise everything is there, what you want. In particular, the creamy-creamy enamel, which seems to be typical for the triple distilled BR.
    With water he is definitely a little better, although personally I do not give as much water as Ralfy.
    Sure, everyone should rate as he / she likes and certainly there are always different ratings among the large number of connoisseurs, but how to rate this bottling with less than 80 points is still a big mystery to me.

  3. Glennie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy gave this one 90 points.


  4. HunterRomario scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A great thanks for tasting zykimu. I had a large sample of 60 ml, so I enjoyed two times. In the first round, I chose the 14th Oloroso, the winner of the X. Tasting of the Peat Brothers, as an estimated equivalent opponent of Glendronach 1996. This is great, but BenRiach is just a little further away. In the second round I only tasted BenRiach. This is an excellent whisky, I enjoyed it greatly, congratulations to the great buyer.
    • Nose
      Without water sharp fruity, lacquer with chocolate pralines and cherries in chocolate.
      After dilution (8 drops to 30ml), the varnish goes up to the skin with a light bourbon touch. Here I have to say that this is really meant in the positive sense. It is a lot to digest (honey, fruit, sherry). Great, distinctive and momentary, toxic odor. (92 b)
    • Taste
      It can be drunk without thinning, it slips a bit, but it's full of velvety on the tongue. The real concert, however, did not happen to me after adding eight drops of water. It is smoother, full of milk chocolate, exquisitely fruity (red oranges?), Almonds wrapped in chocolate and cinnamon. There is also a harsh spicy freshness honey-covered and varnish. In cocoa flavor. With water, the taste is great. (96 b)


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