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BenRiach 18-year-old - Albariza

Overall rating
88.42/100
votes
318
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 6:26 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 174.27

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318 × member ratings

678 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 18-year-old - Albariza

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.42 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 Moderator

    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. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Initially very peaty, sweet cured meat with notes of dark fruits and sherry and a hint of light heather honey. 
    • Taste
      A rich meaty flavour, with notes of spiced rum and a delicate honeyed sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish which starts off with a sweet peatiness and finishes on a more peppered note.

  4. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a force and mouth and finish can be seen. Overall, a great whisky, as all Peated Benriach so far, I could try. Whether he can keep up with the Solstice for me, I still have to think about it. Decision has been made, he just ranks behind it.
    • Nose
      nice pleasant smoke, not intrusive but still present, some cinnamon, citrus notes, refreshing, raisins come out behind it, the longer I smell it the clearer the cinnamon, has something of punch plum, as you eat it to cinnamon ice cream, associations of one Christmas dessert come up. After the first sip, the nose changes significantly, much more fruity, the cinnamon disappears first, but reappears, now find apple, but more in the artificial direction as Hubba Bubba
    • Taste
      Boah directly massive smoke, salty and dry, sherry, probably Oloroso (I correct myself, it was apparently PX :-)), something expresso, very intense, spicy, there is also the cinnamon again
    • Finish
      The smoke lingers for a long, pleasant time, like a campfire, with a fruity sherry note behind it

  6. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    So I'm cautiously excited. He does not have the charisma of the Authenticus, but unmistakably in itself, a great smoker. Wonderfully sweet and full-bodied, it belongs to the connoisseur of malts. With me it doesn't get beyond the magical 88. But that has its reason for my special preferences. I like it when smoky, then more reserved and especially when it comes to umami and bacon. Overall, however, an upscale 18 year old with a campfire romance.
    • Nose
      Immediately full and unmistakable Benriach Rauch. In addition, a classic sherry nose with ashy smoke and that in a fine combination. It smells set and complex. I could now list a few sherry nouns that I want to save myself. The caramel is sweet and tart on the nose. In addition, the somewhat musty grandma drawer lined with leather.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the ashy smoke flavor increases immediately with a neat start. The texture is remarkably great. It is delicately fruity and wonderfully tart sweet. With less vanilla and very flavorful. Wow! The oak now reports and initiates the transition. The now more violent ashy smoke is very mouth-filling, slightly bitter again in this musty drawer. This is the place where there is too much umami with bacon left for my taste. Unfortunately, that's not my thing. That's why it gets stuck at 87. There will be no backup of it. Unfortunately. But an honorable 18 at a high level. Respect.
    • Finish
      Very long for me because of the umami effect. It becomes bitter with a drying effect. But a finish that is memorable. Just not my wavelength. A lot of ashes and campfire romance remain here, too, and a crowning finish for lovers. I respect this bottle very much. But I have to admit that it's not my world. Still, congratulations to Benriach. One of the best 18s I know.

  7. Bopaja scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Alois scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Very fruity and mild one. Very interesting.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Blind taste:

      Smoke, burning wood and dark fruits. Very nice.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Burning wood with balanced smoke. Sweet Fruitnuance. Spice and some bitterness. It burns little bit on the tongue but at the same time its mild.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fruits and burning wood.

  10. robain scored this whisky 81 points Specialist

    This tasting was done blindfolded on a whisky event. Not alot of people guessed it would even be a scotch whisky. The nose was very strange.
    • Nose
      74 74
      Rubber, rubber, rubber... bicycle tire tube, metal, hints of salt liquorice
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peatyness, full bodied, oily. The taste made up for the horrible nose.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Resin, smoke.

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