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BenRiach 18-year-old - Dunder

Overall rating
86.88/100
votes
140
Whiskybase ID
WB67371
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Production
Bottled
03.03.2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
American Oak Casks + Dark Rum Cask Finish
Number of bottles
1888
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Peated
Bottle code
LJ10252
Barcode
5060088799222
Added on
28 apr 2015 9:14 am by Black Widow
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 169.24

31 × in wishlist

140 × member ratings

458 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 18-year-old - Dunder

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.88 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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVFP5v8vx7Q

  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

  11. Dramlicious scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Yet another new release from BenRiach. Not long ago, they introduced the BenRiach 18 Years Old Albarzia as part of their new ‘heavily peated range’. The even more strictly limited BenRiach 18 Years Old Dunder is the newest addition to this range.

    http://dramlicious.com/peaty-friday-episode-15/

  12. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For a brief second I thought I smelled the barrel of rum -
    but then the turbo kicks in and spreads a strong smoky note, a really dirty, muddy smoke... Hmmmm!

    But also the wood notes come out,
    the smoke becomes a little more subtle.
    He invites you to try...

    First sip - very flavorful!
    You don't even know what's going to happen to you.
    Too many impressions at once... lovely!

    The smoke recedes
    the wood gains
    all very powerful and intense.

    A wonderful drop!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. James.Braddock scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    nose: fruit behind delicate smoke
    Palate: pear with a slight earthiness. Smoke subtly noticeable at the end some nougat.

    It's not quite my taste, but it's okay. You can hardly taste the rum.

  14. FeydRautha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Killswitch scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. Thoma scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      walnut
      apricot peach
      dry spice
      oven rum biscuits
      the pungent smell
      islay peat can be found in it
    • Taste
      coffee
      milk chocolate
      cinnamon
      oven rum
      oily
      islay peat (herbal, very restrained)
      gerbeaud cake
    • Finish
      cocoa powder
      woody
      medium long

  18. Malthead19 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    - very good single malt and a great representative from the
    Rum finish category
    - but at the end of the enjoyment a bit "weak"
    the chest
    - bottom line: interesting but too expensive
    • Nose
      clear rum note, reminiscent of the 15 year old dark rum, but this more mature and intense smell of rum
    • Taste
      nice and pleasant start, clear volume and complexity present, intense rum development on the palate
    • Finish
      short finish;
      Rum resonates for a long time

  19. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  20. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  21. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A nice malt, good rum finish, unfortunately a bit too expensive for the shown quality!

    [Color] white wine;
    • Nose
      first clear, alcoholic rum flavors, some wood smoke, sweet fruits (bananas?), vanilla,
    • Taste
      beautiful, voluminous onset, vanilla, dark chocolate, complex;
    • Finish
      medium length, dark; in the aftermath smoke;

  22. larswehmeier scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Less complex than the Latada. The rum finish barely gets up against the smoke. Especially the fruity components are missing me.
    • Nose
      Strong smoke, which cools pleasantly in the nose. At first very phenolic with menthol. Then intensely sweet with some cocoa and brown sugar but without the often unpleasant molasses note of other rum finishes. Hardly fruity.
    • Taste
      Strong on the tongue. Perfect alcohol content. A lot of sweet smoke. Vanilla. Gives the nose well again. It comes a slightly sour note on the palate.
    • Finish
      Long. A lot of smoke and sweet.

  23. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Cheers for the great description below me!

    I have only a small note to make. What was regarded as a "Fehlnot Komposthaufen" and probably caused a considerable devaluation, that was for me the "certain perverted Something", which made me really for a quite high 86 score. I admit that without the price caps I might have forgiven even more.

    Of course, with regard to taste impressions, nobody alone is right or better, they are all "right".
    For not only can perception be so different, but also the judgment of what has been broken and made out. And after all, we agree in the taste description "compost pile" yes. * * Bigsmilie

    Actually, this malt is a great new release from BenRiach. Disturb me next to the lowered strength and a very distracting at the beginning, slightly volatile alcohol note, which then quickly passes completely different perceptions in this bottling, for which the Malt in itself "nothing":

    This is the totally exaggerated hype about this really good bottling, which is by no means as outstanding as it is made.

    Evils open up, for example. not only the completely exaggerated "real" price, which is not justifiable by the limitation, belittles me even the higher, but demanded by no means cheapest here deposited price and the behavior of several connoisseurs. In now almost 100 collections, the bottle is available, but apparently there was despite a circulation of at least 1888 bottles, the bottling never somewhere to buy, one goes for the fact that there was not a single shop link - one of several negative side effects, which one in could watch the last months on this great site. Not all will have got the bottle from a friend who kept his source to himself.
    This fits the incredibly "crazy" span between the originally called recently price of under or roughly to the 100 euros and now deposited here after only a short time, about twice as high price. Such a price development, for a quite often bottled, reduced to 46% "finish" ten-year-olds, which can be safely reissued by the distillery (and in this success will probably be reissued) that's just in my eyes Sick.
    Slightly less overheating and more serenity would do us all good across all countries and markets at the moment. I do not take it out myself, but I can not resist this word for Sunday. Pardon.

  26. JohannesB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In the first tasting the malt did not convince me, I felt strong notes in the direction of compost pile. On another day he liked me much better, which is why I adapted these notes accordingly.
    • Nose
      At the very beginning the typical "BenRiach campfire" dominates. Beautiful wood smoke. It follows musty wood and sweet molasses. After some time the sweetness gets stronger. Bananas, fruit gums, a little vanilla and cane sugar. The influence of the rum can not be denied. The smoke becomes more phenolic and forms, together with the rum, a very unusual top note, which easily reminds me of a pine forest. It gets fresh with a little water: lemons and sour cherries. The smoke is getting weaker.
    • Taste
      Powerful and spicy, the malt hits the tongue. Wood smoke and sweet fruits with vanilla sauce. The banana is also back and very strong and ripe. Then rum, molasses and oak. The alcohol is well integrated and gives a pleasant power on the tongue, but without attracting even the slightest unpleasant.
    • Finish
      The first moments of departure are dominated by wood smoke and oak. On the slowly cooling fire, bananas are roasted and then crushed and served with caramel. As with many smoky malts, the finish is very long. When fruits and sweetness have long been gone, there is still a hint of glow on the palate.

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