Benromach 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 8:48 am by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 75.20

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 10-year-old

118 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.34 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. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is pretty spicy and deep with notes of red fruits, chocolate with cinnamon and some rubber subtones.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is slightly dry and pretty different than the nose with notes of smoked meat, red apples and honey cake.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is quite long with beautiful mild peatiness and woodiness with notes of nuts and red apples.

  3. tangtang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    really nice tasty malt. I like the combination of flavors very much. Very tasty.
    • Nose
      Sherry notes, leather, dark fruits, slightly malty and salty, herbs, with hand warmth some ash comes to the fore, which quickly swings into tobacco notes
    • Taste
      A spicy start, sherry notes and the leather notes from the nose are present again, becoming minty, slightly pepper, stimulating saliva, becoming a little dry towards the end
    • Finish
      nice sherry notes combined with a nice basket of dark fruits, turning a little minty and then a little bit chocolatey. Medium to long.

  4. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious leather malt with a fine smoky note and plenty of reserve to dilute / experiment.

  5. praisethepasta scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Cinnamon chocolate cookies with rubber, smoked meat, red apples and honey cake.

    RATING: 86pts - [n22,t22,f21,b21] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  7. Don Cassi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    very interesting on the nose: fruity of apricots, a little meaty, spicy, some iodine and vanilla. Some smoke behind. A slight association with pigsty / manure.

    Intense, sweet, fruity and somewhat smoky in the mouth.

    In the finish this meaty note, again some apricot and some coffee.
    Length: 6/10

    Great, characterful Speysider, reminds me a bit of Springbank.

    Grade: 2+

  8. Roger_Kreft scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    One can play well with water. Can handle a lot of water. Let breathe. You can occupy yourself with a dram for a whole evening. I am always discovering new sides. Not suitable as a "quick" dram. One of my favorite whiskys.
    • Nose
      Initially spicy, but it becomes more and more pleasing. Smoke and leather. Let breathe!
    • Taste
      The taste is also peppery, sharp and pungent at first, but becomes pleasant over time and with water. Very strong leather notes all the time. If you don't like this, you are wrong here. Rauch is also always present. In addition, notes of coffee and roasted aromas. Caramel rounds off the whole thing. Has a dirty funk that reminds me of Springbank.
    • Finish
      Medium length.

  9. MickMatrix scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great mix of light smoke, sherry flavors and ex-bourbon barrel ....

    Benromach has created a great malt here.

    A little more corners and edges than the 15er.
    • Nose
      90 90
      First there is a light breeze of smoke from the glass, smoked ham, but then immediately strong sherry aromas, vanilla, toffee and the alcohol is also present. Wet leather. Everything is very closely interwoven, making it difficult to identify individual flavors.

      Citrus fruits are added with water and the sherry decreases a little. There is still space here for a nice oak note.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A little too intense without water ...

      With water a very great mouthfeel and a full taste. The smoke is weaker here. Instead, a lot of wild berries come through. The oak is there too. A little dirty in between. Vanilla, hope the nose is reflected. A bit of bitterness leads to the finish.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Unfortunately a bit too short and boring. However, this also makes it very drinkable!

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    First batch at quasi cask strength. Very closed up and also alcoholic, water did not really help. Certainly a different cask composition than the normal 10 at the time. Inherent quality is there, but a difficult malt all in all.


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