Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Nov 2014 6:44 pm by Bachess

Average value

€ 35.69

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 05-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.53 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Benromach 5 year old eschews the NAS trend by clearly announcing its young age. That alone is commendable. That fact that the whisky is very well-made, refreshing and characterful adds another tick on the sheet. Factor in the price of a shy over £25 and you’ve got a tremendous quality vs. price ratio. If you’re having a tight month but still want to enjoy some high quality whisky then look no further.

    • Nose
      Let’s get the issue of youth out of the way immediately – yes, this is young – we know that, and Benromach are not trying to hide this fact (applause). There are indeed some musty copper notes and there’s certainly a sense of ‘new make’ around the edges. But, what’s impressive is how everything else fits together. Strong rich malts and warm cereals are livened by sharp juicy limes which presents us with something light but still highly characterful. There are some gentle earthy and vegetal notes here, best described as similar to wet hay. Sweetness comes from both honey and toffee and whilst subtle, smoky vapours do persist throughout the background.
    • Taste
      Mouthfeel is light, but not insubstantial – impressive for 40% ABV in fact with some real oiliness and initial impact. Sweetness comes first, but moves aside for grassy and oak-driven flavours. Peppery spice, slightly nutty and with a well-measured prescription of vanilla. Earthiness persists (forest mushrooms) and is joined by some a degree of steeliness – sharp flint. Smoke is just as present on the palate as the nose, but again is wrapping around the edges rather than through the heart of the whisky itself. 
    • Finish
      Short to medium in length favouring pepper with some oak bitterness and drying astringency coming through.

  2. GIORGOS scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. larswehmeier scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Fresh and bright. Fine sweet caramel note. Vanilla pudding. Some hayloft.
    • Taste
      Mild and light on the tongue. Spicy than the nose. A touch of smoke that was imperceptible to my nose. Very pleasant. I can not find any metallic youth.
    • Finish
      Rather short, but pleasant and mild.

  4. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this during a Benromach tasting organised by Whiskybase in march 2017

    some clean smoke with some fresh fruity sweetness comes your way. hints of wet wood and hay are also present

    the taste follows the nose, but is less sweet.

    finish is medium long and not unpleasant.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ticks all the right boxes of a more than decent malt, ideal light campfire whisky, or whisky that smells of light campfire. ;)Come on baby, light my fire...

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Salted Liquorice

    This Benromach may be only 5 years old, but I find it refreshing to have both an age statement and the possibility to buy this bottle at a fair price (around 35 EUR in my neck of the woods). It matured on a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.

    The nose is surprisingly rich on sweet breakfast cereals on the one hand and loads of citrus on the other. Make that a whole lemon, zest included. Some green banana and vanilla. Some tonic. The whole is wrapped in a mildly smoky jacket, that quickly loses terrain. Yes, you can smell that this is young, but it does not bother me at all.

    It is somewhat light in the mouth, true. And a lot less sweet than the nose promised. The fruit does not stand a chance against the sweet peat - the development of smoke is quite nice - and some mineral notes like flints. Salted liquorice. Grapefruit and a handful of pepper. You can almost literally taste the grain. Reminds me somewhat of whisky from way back when.

    The finish is medium long on liquorice, salt & pepper and some cold tea.

    This is value for money, no two ways about it.

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I think the concept is cool to write 5 years on the bottle. For 5 years also a very good whisky. I do not like the nose of the young, maritime whisky in general, here as well. But Benromach convinces in the mouth and the finish. But I still prefer to reach the brilliant 10s.
    • Nose
      young, maritime, slightly cheesy, citrus and bright, unripe fruits. A hint of peat, some cardboard.
    • Taste
      dry, slightly peaty, some salt, some citrus peel
    • Finish
      Dry finish, slightly salty, some peat, some fruit and again a light touch of cheese, like young Bruichladdich like that.

  9. Toffie76 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fruits (apples / pears). new make. Toast bread. A certain amount of peat will eventually be released after a few minutes. Imperceptible at first, it will assert itself later. Especially with water addition. Butter, cereals, vegetable mousse. Laurel?
    • Taste
      quite dry and explosive. fruity. Gouache and peat will develop later. dry spices, bitterness fine but supported.
    • Finish
      short, not very complex. fade out fast and without surprises

  10. Arquebus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Ralfy has given this whisky 90points...

    Just bought a few bottles for our whisky club - less than £23 a bottle!. However - having just opened one - I'm on the second or third dram over a couple of weeks - Ralfy's review is like hearing about a totally different whisky! My 5yr old Benromach appears to be wearing a peat overcoat!!! This dram is more reminiscent of a Tomintoul with a Peaty Tang or even the Springbank Green (but not so rich). It's still a great whisky, for the price - but I find the bourbon fruity notes referred to in ralfy's review and below - really take a lot of effort to pull out from the peat when nosing. Sherry type notes are more to the fore. It's malt driven (all the fresh smells you get when you walk up to a distillery) yeasty, malty, cereal background, honey- sweet on the nose, and with patience perhaps a whiff of pear and mandarin? There's also a fair amount of clay/ damp wood (the addition of some older casks?). Taste is sweet / dry bitter finish, but soft peat and more peat. I wonder if this is because the distillery is relatively small and the 5 year old is being made up in small batches? The label states it has a whiff of peat but perhaps the casks used have proportion of ones which have held their peated malt? Top price to quality ratio and some subtle complexity:85pts from me...


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