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 8:48 am by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 63,65

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 10-year-old

99 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.30 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. pdby scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Interesting, rich, with the aroma of rubber and smoked meat, red apples and chocolate chip cookies with cinnamon, the taste is dry, slightly sweet with hints of dried fruits, honey and pastries, the finish is long, dry, with nuances of apples and dark chocolate.
    Well, good for a decade! It is very pleasant that so far even the basic releases of distilleries can be of high quality, with good work with barrels. Although the elevated fortress certainly does its job.

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

  4. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant surprise that may lack some depth in taste and finish, but I think it's more than fairly priced for what it is, and quite original, not at all "craft". I consider this a point better than the underproof version.
    • Nose
      Some Clynelish or Glen Elgin vibes here. Greasy, sooty smoke reminiscent of current Talisker 10, some iodined salt, leather workclothes, lacquer, and youngish bourbon cask wood. With water, some lamb on a skillet, sackcloth, faint farminess in general, and some Gott & Blandat liquorice bits.
    • Taste
      Tar, old leather clothes, vanilla, and a smidgen of peat. Water unlocks more peat. Somewhat buttery with water. The taste is not that of an easygoing copycat whisky, but instead has quite a bit of personality. If only the body were heavier.
    • Finish
      Honeyed tar. Peat and bourbon with some water.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Well-sherried, earthy and leathery, with lots (and I mean: LOTS) of tobacco. Next to the Bruichladdich Br7, this is the closest thing to a "tobacco bomb" I have yet encountered. Generally more on the dark, settled and spicy end of the spectrum; not particularly fruity or sweet. Perhaps comparable to the Springbank 12 Cask Strength, and equally good.
    I'm impressed in particular by the apparent maturity: I'm dead sure that I'd peg this for older were I to have this blind. 10 going on 15, at least.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Farmy, earthy, leathery, with essential oils (bergamot), autumn leaves and heaps of loose tobacco.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Citrus, eukalyptus, lavender (just a touch), bergamot, tobacco, walnuts, overstewed black, lapsang souchong, and oolong teas. Very austere, tart, idiosyncratic and oldschool.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The smoke prolongs things, obviously. Walnuts, leather, rock salt, all kinds of herbal concoctions.

  7. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A little comparison:
    Benromach 10 - 15 - 100 ° Proof - Peat Smoke 10/18

    Benromach 10, 43% WID: 56765

    Subtle smoke, a hint of sherry fruit, but somewhat muted, slightly acidic, bitter, but also always sweet. The smoke goes in an earthy direction.
    In the mouth tart and spicy and fruity notes, tobacco notes, new leather, fruity sweet and earthy smoke.
    In the finish it remains sweet and tart.

    It is delicious, but could use more%.

    Benromach 15, 43% WID: 68235

    Overall looks darker than the 10. The fruits, the sweetness, here probably more sherry influence, also bitter, the smoke even further in the background. I like the spicy-tart notes, leather, dry sherry.
    A similar picture can also be seen in terms of taste. Tasty tart-spicy-sweet, cocoa / dark chocolate, behind the earthy smoke is still apparent.
    The finish is long and tasty and characterized by the bitter notes.

    He could also use more%. I like it a bit better than the 10, the "darker" tart sweetness tastes very good here.

    Benromach 10 100 ° Proof, 57% WID: 58640

    Corresponding to the higher alcohol content, the clearly more intense aroma is first noticed. Somehow it seems like a mean of 10 and 15. The smoke is there again, the fruits a little lighter than before.
    Wow, a completely different story in your mouth! Strong, dirty, the earthy smoke slightly musty, the leather and tobacco notes stronger, bitter sweetness and also hangs on the palate for a long time.

    I don't know exactly whether I think it is better than the 15, I liked it very much .. maybe a little bit because it is stronger and dirtier and it is fun on the palate.

    Benromach Peat Smoke 10/18, 59.9% WID: 127245

    First not peat smoke, but nice red fruits, very sweet, then a full, rich smoke, vanilla notes, but above all sherry influence.
    Also on the palate, especially sherry (it can of course also be the case that the previous candidates have already taken some smoke sensitivity) but there is definitely the smoke, if not as concise as the name might suggest. The high alcohol content seems to me to be quite well integrated.
    Delicious fruity end of the series.

  8. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    Great Young Whisky (88)
    • Nose
      The aroma is dry, fruits, skin, citruses and salty dough in the barn ... with water appeared caramel and tablets (22)
    • Taste
      Dry, Spicy, Citrus (22)
    • Finish
      Finish wood, juicy, citrus and wood dust, grass, cardboard (22)

  9. dcsicsak scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    One of the classics and one of the best and well balanced and complex smoky speysider in my honest opinion.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Gentle smoke, blue cheese, brown sugar, freshly sawed pinewood and a little cooling sensation reminds me of menthol. Some sour/sweet orange peel, peanut.
      Really well integrated notes. None of them to harsh or to overwhelming. Just perfect balance.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Some sour/sweet orange with a lot of meaty smoke.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, pleasantly dry and woody with peanuts.

  10. irrerelevant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The bottle I bought in 2019 varies significantly from the one i got in 2017 in colour, smell and taste. 2019 is much lighter, rogher with less sweet, less intense, much drier sherry notes. I guess Benromach is running out of high quality sherry casks. The fact that the 10 year old at 57% is beeing discontinued supports that theory. Anyway, this is still superb whisky with the full Benromach package of gunpowder, briny smokiness, chalk and clay.


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