BenRiach 1994

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt Finish
Number of bottles
54.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
09 Jan 2015 2:54 pm by Vitamin W lover
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 136.50

40 × in wishlist

154 × member ratings

192 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 1994

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.24 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A really interesting and extraordinary drop! The smoky and greasy elements are a wonderful contrast to the dark and sulphurous sherry flavors. Unusual and extremely tasty, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Fine peat, with a hint of smoke, dissolves from a dark sherry cloud. The nose looks surprisingly greasy and smoky, burnt logs and a hint of ash come to the fore relatively quickly. An oily sulfur note reminds me a little of rubber and tires, a touch of oily belly fat pulls through the nose. Hints of sweetish dried tobacco leaves are dimmed by dark berries and dark chocolate chips, the slightly sulphurous and oily note dominates the complete nose. old, ripened mountain cheese comes to my mind for a moment before the dark sulfur and sherry aroma "hits" again. Dried orange slices sparkle, then dominate again the sulfurous and slightly musty sherry aroma.
    • Taste
      Dark sherry and oak flavors dominate as expected the first sip. Chubby warm, a subtle hint of sulfur spreads in connection with a slight hint of smoke in the mouth, an initially subtle sharpness is intensified, white pepper continues to heat up the heat. Oily bacon and a hint of dark walnut rests on the tongue for a brief moment until the powerful hotness (this time with chilli) envelops the tongue again. The sulfur note becomes more intense and dirty, again show dark walnuts and dark chocolate. Freshly brewed coffee mixes with a subtle smoky note, the creamy bacon is impressive again. Walnuts and old oranges bring the sherry barrel back to life!
    • Finish
      Oily and creamy bacon and smoky peat rest in the mouth. A slight hint of menthol leaves the sulfur for a moment forgotten, then again slightly smoky and burnt wood tones in combination with walnut and dark sherry notes. The walnuts and spicy oak flavors crystallize more and more to the end of the aftermath, the smoky and slightly burnt flavors are the whole time discreetly in the background. Short flash again the oily bacon and the dark sulfur, then dominate only smoky wood elements.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I touch the sky a delicious whisky with beautiful note combinations something to Oloroso lastig
    • Nose
      directly after pouring:
      soft, sherry, barrel, then light blue cheese note
      after exercise:
      the damp slightly gammelige barrel
      walnut shells
      sweet dried plums
    • Taste
      dark caramelized walnuts
      the whisky-moist old wood bittersweet wort mmmh on the palate very clearly the Oloroso
    • Finish
      long and beautiful
      getting a bit bitter
      clearly the Oloroso
      intense finish

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    herbs, dried black grapes, blackcurrant, grilled and sweet barbecue sauce, heated tire, peat (finally!) oily, oily, not medicinal and chicory.
    Slightly cooked orange jam with a little zan
    earthy peat, well peppery spices, fruit juice, on orange, grapes, dubacon, a little oily sausage, a little rancid, a salty side arrives
    the alcohol finally arrives I would say with old wood, soggy and a little rotten, we feel the foam on it which is impregnated, liquorice and cold ash take precedence over the peat at the end of the palate.
    dark chocolate and chicory with a touch of bitterness. Oily peat returns to the palate
    intense, complex, old sherry, full, annealed dried fruit, toasted caramel, earthy peat, a hint of tobacco
    • Nose

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One of the best noses I had I would probably give it 93 points just on the nose. Incredible complex and I could sniff it forever. The taste is very good but cannot keep the nose but still probably like 91 points so still a killer. I simply like these sherry smoke monsters and this has this salty caramel taste which I also love on ice cream.
    The finish is short and unfortunately too dry for me. It is not killing the dram but if the casks would have been turned into bottles 1 year earlier (don't know how long the Sherry finish took) it would have been better! Still a good 89 points!

  6. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Rather well done as a whole, it will certainly delight fans of Sherry Bomb Peat. For others, it will take time and tame the many facets of this whisky. This category of Whisky needs to be deepened.
    • Nose
      A very sherry / peaty nose, aging in Olorosso casks is very marked. There is mainly blackberry and raspberry. Behind it develops a sulphurous smoke. There are also notes of barbecue sauce and over time a farm peat and leather.
    • Taste
      The 54.6% are almost not felt, alcohol is perfectly integrated. Farm peat has taken over the beginning of the mouth. Gradually her Sherry side comes back to the fore with woody, spicy notes, there is dark / bitter chocolate, almonds, hazelnuts and a hint of salt. Everything is fat in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Long on farm peat, salt and coffee ... a lot of coffee.

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Deloti scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Amontilado sherry
    Very smoky texture of full fruit and powerful sherry. The smoke is filled with a voluminous wort; Pepper, salt, tobacco, leather, cardboard and a metallic touch of tinplate. Undercurrent soft flavors of chocolate pepper and Schokoladenmus run.
    Spicy, smoky and creamy. Smoke from tobacco with a lot of salty wood and nut, as well as fruity notes with spicy herbs. Espresso, a little vanilla and a lot of dark coal are put together in a pleasant composition.
    Long - lightly woody but still creamy fresh. Vanilla, smoke, orange peel, honey, wet charcoal and notes of coked campfire. Again, very pleasant.
    90 points
    N: 91P / G: 90P / F: 90P

  10. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The BenRiach is full board Oloroso. Dark, heavy, chocolaty. Unfortunately, he is too sharp for me without water. With water he loses extremely.


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2021

Forgot your password?