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BenRiach 18-year-old - Albariza

Overall rating
88.51/100
votes
287
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Production
Bottled
21.01.2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon + Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks Finish
Number of bottles
3886
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Peated
Bottle code
LH31391
Barcode
5060088799215
Added on
19 Feb 2015 6:46 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 184,63

52 × in wishlist

287 × member ratings

652 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 18-year-old - Albariza

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.51 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] A sample courtesy of VVP and another special release of Benriach and most were above average so far - I am curious if this one fits into that row...

    ...and it does! It is a very quaffable peaty-sherry-vanilla-sugary dram without any flaw but an interesting and nicely balanced profile. A great modern dram without that annoying "excessive woods" attitude that so many recent releases "punch-in-ya-face" (well done, Benriach and VVP!)...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a fine mainland peaty profile with some sherry and malty sugary aromas in a nice combo. The peat aromas remind rather of a cold bonfire without the maritime or medicinal notes most island drams offer. The sherry is a modern herbal-driven style without any flaw that I can find while the malt characteristics are based on toffee and sugars. The profile is not the most complex one but I like it!
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is very sugary sweet on vanilla-toffee and minor sherry-induced flavours. The peat again reminds of cold fireplaces (cold ashes) and the wooden notes are just about right to provide a firm structure to the dram. No flaw or off-note (no sulphur!), a fine selection of casks for sure. Some water releases more aromas in the nose and on the palate, the dram gets even more quaffable at around 40% abv.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is medium long, even sweeter than the taste and dries out on the peaty-ashy flavours. It is nicely chewable with the last impression being an enourmous sweetness from different barley sugars. Not too bad...

  2. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is my second bottle of this fine release. It is so good! Better then I remember the first bottle I had 8 months ago. Very rich with peat and sherry, sometimes I get an infusion dark sweet gummy bears with a hint of dark cherry. The finish is medium long with just a right balance of peat and sherry with lingering chocolate notes. No one note over rides the rest. Very well balanced!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great sherry finish, but a little too expensive!

    [Color] mahogany;
    • Nose
      a strong sherry note, dark fruits (plums, raisins, figs);
    • Taste
      voluminous, fruity sweet onset, lots of sherry, raisins, berries, vanilla, harmonious, beautifully complex;
    • Finish
      long, a lot of sherry, chocolate;

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful sweet and smoky malt ..... a delightful dram.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Full sherry aroma, sweet, caramel, rum raisins, maraschino cherry, wood polish, oak buffet, cagnac, tobacco, smoke, forest honey, slightly chemical, leather
    • Taste
      88 88
      the smoke is heavier, preserved with a pleasant sweetness, very mouth-filling, slightly bitter, Moscuvado sugar, burned caramel, little fruit
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium to long, sweet and creamy

  6. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. larswehmeier scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For me by far the best of the series of 18-year-old Peated Malts with Woodfinish BenRiach. My ranking is now: Albariza> Latada> Dunder.
    • Nose
      Great combination of strong sweet PX-Sherry and intense aromatic smoke. Dark fruits. Lovely Christmas. Mature and complex.
    • Taste
      Strong creamy onset. Very delicious barbecue smoke hearty but also sweet, like a BBQ sauce. Then the fruity notes come through, with dried plums. Finally, it gets a bit nutty and tart on the palate.
    • Finish
      Long. Sweet and warm.

  8. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly balanced winter warmer.
    • Nose
      A harmonious blend of fat, heavy peat smoke and Christmas market. Pickled oranges, dark red fruits with a hint of acidity and spices like cinnamon and clove mix under the wall of smoldering, aromatic smoke. The PX Sherry forms a sweet counterpoint to the spice of the whisky.
    • Taste
      strong onset, but less the smoke in the foreground, as much sweet sherry freight. Oranges, apricots and fully ripe pears mix with aromatic nuts (pecan and walnut), plus a herbale bitterness (not disturbing).
    • Finish
      In the finish more spicy, bitter chocolate and dry campfire smoke remain behind.

  9. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful dram.
    • Nose
      Rich, fat, and peaty. Dark honey, red fruit, raisins, and spice. A wonderful and integrated nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival of harmonious peat and sherry. Sweet peat, red fruit, and dark honey.
    • Finish
      Long and smokey with undertones of red fruit and spice.

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