BenRiach 18-year-old - Dunder

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Production
Stated Age
18 years old
American Oak Casks + Dark Rum Cask Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Apr 2015 9:14 am by Black Widow

Average value

€ 192.24

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 18-year-old - Dunder

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.92 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very successful bottling with some "oblique" notes that give it that certain oomph. The oak is clear, but remains discreet. The alcohol could be slightly better integrated, therefore, in my view, a 90s rating is not justified.
    • Nose
      Initially, a rubber duck swims on the alcohol, which stings something, but that is over after a few minutes. Even the clear smoke warps and becomes more phenolic. Light vanilla and a whole barrel of molasses dominate first, some clutch wear is also there. Upon heating, fruit notes and dextrose also appear. This actually increases to a compost heap in a positive sense, organic residues in a transitional state. There are also notes of freshly cut wild mushrooms and licorice.
    • Taste
      Very full of brown sugar, sugar beet syrup, very dark chocolate and honey and coffee notes, but never overly sweet.
    • Finish
      The finish is still dominated by the chocolate and the clutch abrasion, which lingers for a long time. In the end, the ashen-sweet smoky note will remain medium to long.

  2. peat head scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior


  3. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    That's ok .... but I already had a more intense rum cask finish!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A little disappointing, can not keep up with the Albariza. As already mentioned in the nose, the Rumfinish looks very set
    • Nose
      Straight rum rises in the nose, really dense and massive, sweet, coconut, including slightly iodine, hardly any smoke to remember, ok with time he comes, some fresh mint, vanilla, nutty, light coffee notes, green apple and pear, you can separating the two types of bats quite well, are more likely to co-exist than in unison, the word I've been looking for is put on top
    • Taste
      first the rum barrel, superimposed everything, then also clear smoke, which is then rather dry and also bring back the apple and pear, less sweet than expected, a hint of sulfur
    • Finish
      it remains very fast only dry smoke, on the palate still a little apple peel, the rum is little

  5. Shane_IL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good, but was expecting something a bit more complex 
    • Nose
      Earthy peat. Dark brown sugar. Fired Gunpowder (cordite). Licorice (the real stuff). Sticky rubber. 
    • Taste
      Rubber. Salty toffee. Thick dark cough syrup. Wintergreen. 
    • Finish
      Long. Rubber. Cough syrup. Dirt. 

  6. Numwierum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very interesting whisky, with some really crazy notes. Yes, it's fun to smell and taste it ... a good pastime.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes and Comments by BenRiach;

    The BenRiach 18 Years Old Dunder is part of the new heavily peated range. Originally matured in American oak casks, the whisky is then finished in Dark Rum barrels.This intriguing new Speyside expression, from the same range as the BenRiach Albariza and Latada, takes its name from the residue of cane juice left in a still after the distillation of a batch of rum. Traditionally used as a yeast source in the fermentation process of Jamaican rum, it gives the rum a unique aroma and flavour.Bottled at 46%, at natural colour and non chill filtered, 'Dunder' is available on a strictly limited basis.
    Nose: Crisp candied peel holds waves of soft peach and ripe banana dusted with Demerara sugar. Delicate rounded peat smoke combines with gentle sweet oak spices. Colour: Summer harvest straw. Taste: Dramtic peat smoke and barley complement crisp citrus zest, white pepper and fresh ginger. Caramelised orchard fruits and dried apricots develop to a rich grassy wood smoke finish.

  8. Torfding scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      resinous wood smoke with sweet fruits (especially banana), rum / molasses, vanilla, something. lemon
    • Taste
      Clear oak and lots of smoke, sweet and fruity, ginger and some pepper
    • Finish
      long and clearly smoky, oak and other wood, strong beginning and long afterglow

  9. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Strong. Phenolic smoke dominates at the beginning, but is soon captured by sweeter notes. Wild honey. Vanilla. Ripe bananas. Mangoes. Gummy bear. Shisha tobacco. Driftwood and mossy notes behind. Liquorice. Very complex and interesting.
    • Taste
      Powerful and spicy start. Phenolic. Getting sweeter. Liquorice. Caramels. Vanilla sauce. Treacle. Overripe bananas. Clear oak notes. Espresso.
    • Finish
      Long. Bananas. Mango. Vanilla sauce. Bitter finish. Dark chocolate. Mocha. Oak. Cigar smoke.

  10. Lichtalb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    very present, unusually clear aromas, beautiful complexity (perfect for 18 years in the barrel), well-integrated alcohol
    • Nose
      Pleasant woody smoke, fruity, plantains, vanilla, the proximity to the rum is noticeable (molasses), later in the background slightly phenolic notes
    • Taste
      strong onset, the smoke remains present, creme brulee (vanilla + caramel sugar), the oak tannins occupy the mouth and stimulate the salivation, tastes more
    • Finish
      very long, grilled bananas, the fruity notes fade, the smoke remains in the phenolic pans


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