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Benromach 10-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
100° Proof
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
57.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
30/09/14 4124205006
Added on
05 Oct 2014 8:34 am by Erik Elixer

Average value

€ 62.60

77 × in wishlist

643 × member ratings

1179 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benromach 10-year-old

91 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.21 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Old School

    In 2009 Gordon & Macphail – the company that owns Benromach – was able to launch the first ever 10 Year Old of their own production. An important milestone, to be sure. Strangely enough, I did not do well immediately. When it was relaunched in 2014, in a smart new packaging, it did get noticed and since then it sells like cupcakes. The Benromach 10 Year Old even won quite a few awards already. It was followed by a Benromach 10 Year Old 100° Proof (meaning 57,0% ABV), which is also met with nothing but kudos. Well, there is little choice but to give it a try then, eh?

    The nose is very special – a bit old school. I can hardly call it fruity. I do get some blood oranges, but then also some shoe polish, mahsed potatoes and some salt. Loads of walnuts and a bit of eucalyptus. Yes, very special, but also very good.

    The whisky has a great body. It hits the taste buds with walnuts, apples and blood oranges, autumn leaves and some stockfish. A nice smokiness develops (that has nothing to do with peat) with some spices. I am reminded of pepper, wasabi and ginger. Hint of chewing tobacco. The saltiness becomes big. Great balance.

    The finish is very long, dry like leather on oranges and walnuts.

    Wow, what a great whisky indeed. Not for beginners, I dare venture. Adding a teaspoon of water is no luxury.

  2. praisethepasta scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Impressive whisky, quite a different animal than the classic 10 yo at 43% ABV. An absolute belter of a whisky, but not for the fainthearted as this takes you on quite a ride.
    • Nose
      88 88
      red fruits and fruitcake with spices, with peat lingering in the background, grainy and nutty. when adding water it develops into a more rounded nose, with the fruit even more prominent
    • Taste
      89 89
      dry arrival, rather different than the nose. the same elements are present but the balance is altogether different: the peat is more prominent and I picked up a lot more spicy notes. After adding water the balance is somewhat restored, and when you give it another 15 minutes a lot of woody and nutty notes march to the front to add some more complexity to the already impressive party.
    • Finish
      87 87
      long and sticky with peat, wood and nuts dominating

  3. Misery scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    `Benromach 10 CS 100 Proof / 57.1%`
    The aroma of peat-pepper, with a slight hues of fruit, closed, then revealed in rubber and smoked meat, red apples, chocolate cookies with cinnamon, orange peel and malt. On the palate dryness of wood, the sweetness of dried fruits, a little honey and baking. The finish is dry, tart wood, apples, astringency and bitterness of dark chocolate.

    A much more intense and thoughtful history this time, on the floor of the head is exactly above the base ten. It takes a long time to open, but it's worth it, a mix of red apples, rubber, and either baking, or cookies, playing straight, well, very nice. It is not necessary to add water to it, let it stand for about 20-30 minutes better, then everything “climbs out” of it, which makes it tasty. Yearly release.
    `Score 86`
    © belwhisky.club

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Like the normal, only stronger and more intense. First a little more alcohol, then a lot of vanilla, some fruit and the nice, slightly sooty note. In the mouth then very strong on fruit, oak, vanilla, spices and light, sooty peat, as well as menthol. Depart ment then a lot of menthol, oak, some soot and towards the end a bit sweeter. Slightly sulphurous sherry flavors and some tobacco. Great part.

  5. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Maltsingler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. dramspotter scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    The palate is the best but it doesn't help raise it too much; I think it is a very drinkable whisky but not one I would wish to have a bottle of.
    • Nose
      76 76
      pretty hard to come alive
    • Taste
      82 82
      pretty nice and tasting; nothing sharp about it - is orange fruitiness without tartness, with maybe some cake thrown in
    • Finish
      76 76
      short->medium; a hint of smoke or burnt toast with marmalade

  8. OneThousandProof scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    The maturation statement proves to taste true; 9 years in Bourbon, followed by a 1 year finish in sherry. For a 10 year old whisky, it provides a complexity and unique aroma and flavour profile I've yet to find in any other whisky. It's got it all.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Intense vanilla - I really mean that. Pear juice, mild peat and mild sherry. Not hot on the nose for a cask strength beast. Very unlike the peat smokiness of an Ardbeg, where the Ardbeg is more maritime. It's got great complexity; an aroma you can't exactly put your finger on and say, "It's this!"
    • Taste
      90 90
      Arrival is Intense, full and spicy hot. Would do well with some water. Don't take in a mouthfull, you'll burn, but it's incredible.
      Vanilla extract and pineapple-like acidity become apparent. The smoke is very soft and well balanced with the sherry note. The star of the show is the bourbon. I'm not much for bourban matured whisky, but this was beyond impressive for me.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Finish was lacking the intense flavours as stated prior. Rather, it is a gin-like finish; slightly bitter.

  9. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. matts scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Character: A very characterful and intense malt that wants to be explored. Certainly not an infinitely multi-faceted, discreetly complex representative, but nevertheless surprisingly multi-layered and varied. Rating: The Benromach 100 ° proof is a real pleasure. Already with the first contact he has catapulted to my list of standard bottlings, which I would recommend blindly and even as a large bottle (to buy). Regardless of the great value for money, I'm glad to have had the time in the glass. That was not the last time. In the overall view, there are really good 89 points .
    • Nose
      Basic aromas: sherry, fruits, dried fruits, peat, leather, citrus flavors, tobacco, nut, oak, tea, herbs Description: Thick and appetizing, the drop runs from the glass wall back into the glass. At the first contact, there is surprisingly a bit of peat in the nose. The first violin, however, is the sherry - first with rich, juicy red fruits. Blackberries, blueberries and wild strawberries meet dark grapes. Sweet oranges swing too. Only after the first small sip of the nose will there be a noticeable presence of dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes). Remarkable I find the beautiful mixture of pipe tobacco and fine peat smoke, which together with green tea aromas and mint provides for a really nice, fresh counterpoint. Although the nose is extremely intense, the alcohol is surprisingly well integrated. During strong inhalation Benromach pulls pleasantly in the nose. Spontaneously, the thought goes through the head "great, it clears the nose" and with a slight smile, I puzzle a bit, whether I hereby a really good, delicious alternative to Bronchoforton, Pinimenthol u.ä. have found. Incidentally, the nose also tolerates the addition of some water. The emphasis is on something (three to a maximum of five drops per 2cl dram).
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: fruits, dried fruit, spice, tobacco, leather, nut, chocolate, cocoa Description: Clear and intense, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Juicy fruit notes kick off: intense Amarena cherries, a mix of ripe wild berries and surprisingly rich dried fruits are the main ingredients of the program. Simultaneously with the sultanas and prunes, an intense, peppery spiciness unfolds. Stimulating the salivation, it lays comfortably on the tongue. By and by then come through tobacco and leather and it is increasingly nutty-chocolaty. Walnuts and almonds meet cocoa powder and dark dark chocolate. In the transition to the finish, finally, a beautiful oak makes its way. Everything is very full-bodied and intense. The taste is the beautiful nose in any way after. With a few drops of water I like the taste a little better. Without losing the intense character, the drop is just a bit rounder that the pepper is slightly muffled.
    • Finish
      Basic Flavors: Espresso, Oak, Cocoa, Description: The finish is medium to long and very dry. With intense espresso flavors, lots of oak and cocoa powder, the Benromach sounds warmingly intense. The finish is powerful and voluminous. The finale culminates in roasted aromas that are reminiscent of burnt toast, and surprisingly even a juicy-sweet forest fruit mix sounds in the background. In three words: intense, interesting and delicious.


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