Benromach 15-year-old

Overall rating
85.72/100
votes
621
Whiskybase ID
WB68235
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
12/13.05.2015
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
12/05/15 , 13/05/15
Barcode
5020613051485
Added on
19 may 2015 12:06 pm by z-imaging
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 91.28

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Whisky reviews for Benromach 15-year-old

84 users have left 91 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.72 points.

  1. ARRANOVERLORD scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Keeps getting better in an opened bottle.

    N: beeswax, honey, dried mushrooms, stewed plums, leather shoe polish, oloroso sherry (oxidative notes: caramel, walnut) , rich milk chocolate and dense umami. Improves with time in the glass, becoming sweeter. There’s a little “baby fat” - sharp alcohol burn on the nose - on a fresh pour that quickly dissipates with time in the glass (about 10 minutes)

    P: Much sweeter now, with a richly honeyed characteristic. Becomes sweeter and sweeter, into candied plums and prune raisins, with saliva interaction. Rich oloroso character. Hint of smoke. Dried mushroom, leather and chicken stew. Slight salinity. Oily mouthfeel; incredible flavor intensity for the alcohol volume.

    F: long, long, long and slightly warming. Smoke, oloroso sherry, honey, chicken stew and more umami. Sweet as well.

    This is incredible and the best whisky you can buy for the price. So, so different than the 10, which is much smokier and lacks any of the dense sweetness or umami (that is to say, the 10 is simpler and more brutish). 43% is the perfect strength; this whisky needs no additional flavor intensity.

    Worth every penny; likely a good buy even at a higher price. I have not tried the new bottling yet; fingers crossed it is identical.

  2. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Slightly fruity sherry, light spice and some bourbon. Slightly musty and some sulphur. Slightly vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet-spicy-fruity. A little weak on the chest. Nice wood spice.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dry, very fruity-sweet sherry.

  3. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: dark gold (without dye)

    - a damn good 15 year old single malt whisky
    - very successful and elegant to drink
    - convinces with high quality, great bourbon sherry
    Flavors and a (super PLV of about 60€ at the time)
    • Nose
      Sweetness, toffee, sherry, dark berries, some smoke
    • Taste
      Mild, soft attack, many dark fruits, sweet sherry
    • Finish
      medium-long, soft, sweet finish ;
      long sweet aftertaste

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. hlz30 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I was a bit frustrated on the 10 year-old, which I found too fungi. But the 15 year-old was way better
    • Nose
      86 86
      Thanks god there is no mushroom like the 10-year-old, but also lacking the pungent peat smok. There was much more dried fruit, ripen plum, toffee, christmas cake and soft spices to offer
    • Taste
      86 86
      Surprisingly rich and oily mouthfeel considering the low ABV. Ripen plum sweetness and raisin sourness balanced by spiciness of ginger, pepper and the bitterness of dark chocolate. Never missing the heathery fragrance and ripen apricot.
    • Finish
      84 84
      It left an oily, lubricating finish with medium length and round texture, with a hint of smoke, and seasalt caramel.

  7. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, smoking. Everything is lined with forest fruit. Salt. Salty caramel.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoke, smoking. On the other hand, a lot of sweets. Caramel. Salt. Salty caramel. Some spices. Ginger.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoke, smoking, sweetness, caramel, a trail of flowers. Salt. Salty caramel. Some spices, quite a lot.

  8. riegerjonas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2021-08-27
    • Nose
      88 88
      Glue, sweet apple, less / no hay note in contrast to the new, slightly sweeter and cleaner, vanilla extract, apple syrup, apple rings
    • Taste
      87 87
      Taste: herbaceous-tart, hay, dark berries, acidity
    • Finish
      86 86
      light sweetness with tartness and herbs, dark chocolate

  9. Monstruo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Don Cassi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Light smoke on the nose, subtle sherry, hay and thyme.
    Spicy and soft in the mouth, almost watery and a little salty.
    Even more spicy in the finish with nutmeg, coffee and pepper and a bit fruity and only slightly smoky in the background.
    Could use a little more alcohol.

    Grade: 2+

  11. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      The nose is pretty opened and dry with notes of old leather, salty grapes, vanilla and burnt rubber.
    • Taste
      The taste is quite sour and smoky with notes of spicy wood, toasted bread, apple jam and dessert wine.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium lenght and fades slowly with touches of assorted spices, spicy wood and old leather.

  12. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Evaluation was made during a 4-person blind tasting
    with 2 befriended whisky lovers.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Very complex, light smoke, calming, honey,
      fresh, playful but also reticent, apple,
      Grass smoke, half wet hay, nutty, clove, slightly sweet,
      something like damp stable, cedar wood.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Delicately sweet, slightly salty, chewable for a very long time, soft, sweeter
      but also peppery, delicately bitter, Taniene, coffee.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Delicate wood notes, coffee, mocha - phrase, some vanilla and
      clearly bitter.

  13. Ostap scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A little crap! Especially on taste and aftertaste, on sensations for 50%. The aroma is good. 10 Benromach liked more.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruit and dried meat, salty, vegetable stew, mineral, grilled, crayfish candies, wine sweetness, wet cardboard, chalk, smoked wood, dried pear, notes of lard, dates, apricot peel, halva and chocolate .
    • Taste
      84 84
      Noticeable meat, spicy, mineral, vegetables and not sweet fruits, smoke and pepper.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sharp, medium, meaty, dry, oak, knits.

  14. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I'm a friend of> 15 years, but this whisky has a hard time making a good impression against its younger 10s. First of all: for me 50/50. Both have something that the other does not have and vice versa.
    • Nose
      Orange peel, apples, honey underlaid with gentle ash smoke. The sherry is disturbed by the alcohol? Then a little pepper, boiled fruit and honey-sweet again. Woody malt. So quite interesting.
    • Taste
      Immediately fruits like apple and pear, a little tangerine. Chocolate and then nutty smoke. Now it is getting slightly bitter from the load of spices. I feel pepper and anise. Then herbs and some eucalyptus. The smoke is less noticeable here than on the nose.
    • Finish
      Medium to shorter. He just walks there and at the same time you can taste the chocolate with herbs and fresh grass. You have to give him one thing: The aromas work together harmoniously and due to the older age the peat smoke is very pleasantly reduced here.

  15. robse211 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Joschbert scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great malt. You could spend forever with the aroma alone. Fruity, at the same time sweet, with dark and slightly tart roasted aromas.

    Really excellent.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Great red and green fruits, with an almost sugary sweetness. Burnt caramel, a note towards the candy stand at the fair. Fantastic!

      In addition, sweet spices, light dark pastry notes, almost some gingerbread with glaze. Slight orange note, somehow waxy with citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Slightly oily, darker notes in the direction of light coffee and chocolate, citrus fruits, very slight sweetness, very delicate hint of smoke, strong spices, burnt wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very pleasant, slightly spicy, with some fresh, tart fruit notes in the background. Some espresso and slightly damp wood. Over time, a slightly bitter wood note with burnt spices remains.

  19. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A prime example of how great original bottlings with a low alcohol content can taste. The smoke and tobacco are dominant throughout and I like that! If the 10-year-old from Benromach already tasted good, I have to say that the 15y goes a step further here. That is a real buy recommendation.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The 15 year old Speysider from Forres shows himself with a golden tone in the Premium Snifter. A lot of oily legs slowly run down the edge of the glass. Light peaty smoke immediately wafts around the nose and takes a nice sherry scent along with clear tobacco and leather aromas on the journey. It will get fruity after a few minutes. Red ripe apples and sweet, juicy oranges now appear. The malt is a chameleon. With more air in the glass, it changes again. Vanilla and a very interesting blend of herbs now set the tone.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Light and at the same time tasty mouthfeel. But it doesn't seem watery. Surprisingly strong smoke taste with the first sip. Campfire smoke, but also something greasy - nice! Then the tobacco notes and the sherry aromas come back immediately with delicious nuts and old leather. The oak appears with a slight spiciness. The fruit sweetness from the smell can no longer be found in the mouth. But it doesn't matter at all. Despite the "only" 43% alcohol content, the malt is nice and strong.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The tobacco and greasy smoke are very present until the end. Slight bitterness on tap is now also noticeable. But remains behind the smoke and tobacco aromas in the background. It ends up becoming slightly astringent on the tongue. Due to the smoke and the dignified tobacco aromas, the finish stays in the mouth for a long time.

  20. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  22. JdH scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Sweet herbs and light smoke, then spicier, nutmeg, orange - very pleasant.

    Oily sweetness, orange, develops in the mouth, a sharp bizarre build-up on the tip of the tongue and then slowly fades away again, while wood and extremely light smoke settle in the mouth.

    In the aftertaste initially surprisingly short and above all characterized by a sweetish tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue, as well as a bit sour orange. The latter reverberates a little longer together with the light smoke.

  23. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Benromanch 15yo is a mixture of 80% 9 yo first-fill bourbon casks with 20% 9 yo sherry casks, then finished the mixture in first-fill oloroso sherry casks for 6 years. I guess the 9 years in sherry casks are second-fill sherry casks. This means 15yo has a much stronger sherry influence than the 10 yo. And the lightly smoked whisky could be more oxidized than the 10yo.
    2018 vintage, distilled around 2003. Smells so wonderful! Mild and balanced in the mouth. Very complex and full, matured. If it has a stronger finish, it will be on top of most of the whiskies for around 15 years. You will never be bored by this complex and balanced fresh flavor.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wonnnnnnn~derful smell! Very strong and aromatic, complex, also very fresh. The typical kiwi note derives from the mild acid sherry, the oakiness of the kiwi peel, ripe lemon, creamy vanilla, and banana, even with some cooling mint leaves. Some oily ham and stewed fruits in behind. A hint of sandalwood.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Full sherry, very sweet, apricot sweet, and a very light tingling sharpness. Then oiliness, ham oil, sweet smoke without ashes. Nuttiness appears, like hazelnuts, finished with maltiness and sweetness from the malt and sherry.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Light fruitiness and long oakiness. Very dry after taste.

  24. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Overall a nice, gentle malt, reminiscent of something towards Bowmore in places. In the nose a nice light smoky note paired with a great fruitiness with exotic hints. The taste is then more on the spicier / bitter side with mineral hints. The finish drops off slightly. Overall a good malt.
    (Rating: o)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fine and delicate smoke, nose more focused on bourbon, queen-claude, citrus, braised vanilla. It's a bit rustic, even bocage. Cooked vegetables, carrots, beans and leeks. On the palate, white fruits, grapes, pears and plums, coarse salt, vanilla is accompanied by a hint of sweetness, lychee, mango. Sour apple, a little lemonade, long and very sweet finish, floral reflections, jasmine, honeysuckle, vanilla bean, soy milk, woody reflections.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/benromach-15-yo.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. Luigisim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very fine standard, far from the well-known "Iconic Brands". A bit of smoke without dominance, just enough to add complexity. Combined with a beautiful sherry barrel maturation. Well balanced. Yes, you could safely put a bottle of it on the shelf.

  28. DramJammin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  30. MickMatrix scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well done and very complex to discover a lot.

    Unfortunately not my personal taste.
    Somehow an artificial compilation.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Unusual smoke with dark fruits in the background. A lot of flavors that are difficult to break down.

      The smoke is sweet, dry, burnt rubber but also greasy. Looks a bit artificial.
      Dry dark fruits behind. A hint of vanilla, but sherry flavors are dominant.

      Ex-bourbon notes such as vanilla and caramel will win over time. The smoke is almost gone, but there is a coffee note.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Another somewhat artificial note for me.
      Very sweet and difficult to grasp. In the mouth now clear spices behind the sherry and the smoke. Liqueur-like texture.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Light spice from the wood. Smoke has disappeared and there remains bitterness and espresso notes. Quite easy and short finish.

  31. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Name: Benromach
    Series: N / A
    Distillery / Bottler: Distillery Bottling
    Age: 15yo
    Distilled / Bottled: n / a
    ABV: 43%
    Casks: Bourbon & Sherry Casks
    Cask # n / a
    Bottle: n / a
    wb # 68235
    ***
    ????: dark gold
    ????: spicy, even very bitter bourbon, unfortunately, because of this sharpness, the fragrance is lost, 10yo was probably cooler in the nose,
    ????: surprise! Smooth, coherent sherry, slightly sherry, sweet, calm but also with a claw of pinching and incoming power! Cool!
    ????: warming up, not short,
    ***
    By the nose I would be NO and the language would be nice DD, it is a bit lacking in pugnacity, some character but it is not bad, even it is quite OK! As for me, the usual 10yo is a bit cooler because of its delicacy and greater consistency throughout the line.
    ????: 4/10
    ????: 85/100

  32. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A little comparison:
    Benromach 10 - 15 - 100 ° Proof - Peat Smoke 10/18

    Benromach 10, 43% WID: 56765

    Subtle smoke, a hint of sherry fruit, but somewhat muted, slightly acidic, bitter, but also always sweet. The smoke goes in an earthy direction.
    In the mouth tart and spicy and fruity notes, tobacco notes, new leather, fruity sweet and earthy smoke.
    In the finish it remains sweet and tart.

    It is delicious, but could use more%.

    Benromach 15, 43% WID: 68235

    Overall looks darker than the 10. The fruits, the sweetness, here probably more sherry influence, also bitter, the smoke even further in the background. I like the spicy-tart notes, leather, dry sherry.
    A similar picture can also be seen in terms of taste. Tasty tart-spicy-sweet, cocoa / dark chocolate, behind the earthy smoke is still apparent.
    The finish is long and tasty and characterized by the bitter notes.

    He could also use more%. I like it a bit better than the 10, the "darker" tart sweetness tastes very good here.

    Benromach 10 100 ° Proof, 57% WID: 58640

    Corresponding to the higher alcohol content, the clearly more intense aroma is first noticed. Somehow it seems like a mean of 10 and 15. The smoke is there again, the fruits a little lighter than before.
    Wow, a completely different story in your mouth! Strong, dirty, the earthy smoke slightly musty, the leather and tobacco notes stronger, bitter sweetness and also hangs on the palate for a long time.

    I don't know exactly whether I think it is better than the 15, I liked it very much .. maybe a little bit because it is stronger and dirtier and it is fun on the palate.

    Benromach Peat Smoke 10/18, 59.9% WID: 127245

    First not peat smoke, but nice red fruits, very sweet, then a full, rich smoke, vanilla notes, but above all sherry influence.
    Also on the palate, especially sherry (it can of course also be the case that the previous candidates have already taken some smoke sensitivity) but there is definitely the smoke, if not as concise as the name might suggest. The high alcohol content seems to me to be quite well integrated.
    Delicious fruity end of the series.

  33. Pyromann scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Whisky with a pleasant creamy texture in taste, beautifully smooth. Here I do not know - it is whisky, which has no significant ingredient, nothing to remember it. Overall, it's a pretty mature, very good thing. But I just miss something here. In memory, 10yo was a little more personal.
    • Nose
      Pungent, rabbit pen - more like hay, some rabbit food, certainly celery, grass tones
    • Taste
      Aź creamy, texture heavier, chocolate sweetness that goes gradually up to hazel tones. Oily, rounded, creamy cream. There is no dominant component, rather it is a multi-player concert.
    • Finish
      Earthy, woody, medium. After a while, rather sweet. Some smoke may be shy.

  34. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Unexpectedly good! (87)
    • Nose
      Dry, malt and sherry ... dried fruits, orange peel and grass, salty butter and caramel wood, chocolate ice cream, prunes ... standing light farm notes (22)
    • Taste
      Dry, spicy, citruses and skin (21)
    • Finish
      Juicy finish, fruit, varnish, orange chocolate, vanilla cream (22)

  35. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A Brief Comparison of 10yo (WID: 56765), 15yo (WID: 68235), and 10yo 100 ° Proof (WID: 107978)

    In the direct comparison between 10yo and 15yo, I first try hard to choose a favorite. The 10 is a little fresher, younger and the 15er muted and darker. The 15er probably has more sherry influence. Also, the smoke is rounder at 15, but somehow fuller. At first I found the 15er a bit more boring than the 10, because he was maybe too smooth in comparison. Now I think the 15er but better. He is rounder (not boring), but also voluminous.

    The 10yo 100 ° proof naturally has more power. Also he looks somehow dirtier than the other two. From the notes he goes rather in the direction of 15 with more power and dirty impact. Not so elegant, but heartier. You could probably have appreciated a bit older.

    A total of 3 really delicious malts. For me, the 10yo 100 ° is the winner. I already had a bottle of that and there will probably be another one.
    The 10yo 100 °, if you like it a bit gruff.
    The 15yo, if it should be a little quieter.
    But even the 10yo is a malt that you can buy for the money.

  36. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great combination of vanilla, sherry, fruit and light sooty peat smoke. Very nicely done. Not unlike the 10s, maybe a little more oak. But negligible.

  37. dramspotter scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      some smoke, orange
    • Taste
      some spice, tangy
    • Finish
      short->medium

  38. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    The fortress is quite enough, there is more than enough concentration in it, which cannot but rejoice. I would have easily confused him with some not very strong barrel. Delicious.
    • Nose
      Tar sherry, dried fruits, dessert wine, sweet spices and tobacco, burnt rubber, gasoline, wood.
    • Taste
      Sour, smoked, tart wood, black pepper, dried fruits and apple jam, toasted bread.
    • Finish
      It fades away slowly and pleasantly, tannic notes, sweet spices, smoke, astringency of a piece of wood go away.

  39. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    First impression: wow, this is really similar to Bowmore! The same soft, leathery peat smoke; the same mild but pronounced sherry influence. Really could've mistaken this for a Bowmore if I were having this blind. Sweet smoke and apricots on the nose, alongside herbal notes like camphor and myrrh. Tobacco leaves, chamomile and jasmine tea in the background. Definitely more on the herbal / spicy than the fruity side. The nose improves a little with one or two drops of water.

    Starts off massively leathery and rich in the mouth, the smoke keeps building up until the middle of the development, when a herbal bitterness (sounds worse than it is) takes over. There's a subdued sweetness, a slight citrus zing, and a welcome alcoholic lift throughout, all of which help to keep things fresh and appealing. Might've gotten too musty otherwise.

    The finish is okay, if a little unspectacular: at first, a short peppery kick and an echo from the spirit that reminds me of the smell of ozone. After that, the smoke returns to linger. Leather and soft smoke in the aftertaste. Very gentlemanly. Might've done with a higher ABV.

    I had heard that this was a pretty austere and contentious malt, but that's not my impression at all. Instead, I find this very reserved, mature, and elegant. It's supremely easy to drink, with plenty of soft notes, a kind of Talisker Light (or Craft Bowmore). Definitely worth buying a bottle (though perhaps not two).

  40. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very full of light and dark fruits. Berries, peach, kiwi and oranges. In addition, great spicy notes in combination with vanilla, delicate smoke, a few walnuts, cocoa and cooling mint. Very mature and complex in the nose. Blind I would have estimated the years a few years older.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A great creamy mouthfeel. At the same time, the malt is rather dry, spicy and brings a nice dry Sherrynote. The bourbon barrels have left some nice notes after bright dried fruits, vanilla and caramel. Over time, prunes, pepper, honey and oak notes develop. Really great! At 43% Vol. I have dispensed with the dilution with water, although he could certainly deal with one - two drops.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long. Creamy, sweet with honey, some bitter chocolate, subtle smoke and beautiful lingering sherry notes.

  41. Max70 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very far from the level of success in his little brother of 10 years .... a dram that is drunk but nothing folichon. (Blinded)
    • Nose
      Nose instead Sherry, very light with notes of coffee and sulfur.
    • Taste
      Attack with light spices, stings a little anyway. Some notes of chocolate mingle with the dance.
    • Finish
      A bit short, mainly on spices and cocoa.

  43. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  44. Spits scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  45. Joschbert scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    rarely had such distinct tobacco aromas in a whisky, especially the finish I like very well A little higher alcohol content would be appropriate for the price, would certainly be interesting to experiment, but it is not too weak at 43% on the chest. a total of 90-91
    • Nose
      Toasted oak, cinnamon, baked apple, leather, oranges, mint, raisins, licorice tobacco (88)
    • Taste
      Sandalwood, BBQ sauce, grilled meat marinated with honey, again baked apple, dried plums, becomes drier (90)
    • Finish
      Black Tea, Herbs (Sage), Tobacco, Pipe Ash, Furniture Polish - Long (92)

  46. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The 15-year-old Benromach immediately reveals his potential: Dry sherry notes, sweet fruits, baked apples, freshly cut oranges, honey and vanilla are among my first impressions. The longer the malt can breathe, the more changeable and complex it becomes: strong spices (nutmeg), freshly ground pepper, subtle tobacco notes, delicate hints of wax, milk chocolate, some oak and light campfire smoke follow. The alcohol (43%) is very well integrated. The harmonious, complex and changeable nose convinces me right away.
    • Taste
      Slightly oily and powerful, the Benromach occurs: Sweet-sour fruit notes are provided with an additional Pfeffrigkeit on the tongue tip. The sherry notes take on a more intense flavor: grapefruit, apples, overripe peaches, plums, red fruits, vanilla, honey and chocolate blend with spicy oak, nutmeg, nuts, leather, tobacco and light campfire smoke. Hints of mineral notes refine the multilayered overall impression. A slight dryness on the palate is already present.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy and slightly smoky. Freshly ground pepper sets a final exclamation point at the tip of the tongue, before the fruit notes (slightly exotic undertone) with vanilla are again pleasantly present. Herbs, salty chocolate, leather, spicy oak notes and light camp fire smoke complete the finish. A slight dryness remains.

  47. German_Socrates scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  48. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Becomes more delicious with other slips, gains more strength and fruit, has some nice notes and is at least my favorite Benromach (without having had the 30s;))
    • Nose
      Grapefruit, some light raisins, organic honey and resin as usual with Benromach, autumn leaves, grapefruit, a fire in the garden, eucalyptus, grown apple peel, but always a touch of sherry looks over, a bit bitter orange in between
    • Taste
      Light raisins, grilled apple and lemon peel, grapefruit, resin, organic honey, dusty furniture, autumn foliage, rough leather, eucalyptus and mint, somewhat sticky
    • Finish
      Grapefruit, resin, dry leaves, honey, nice orange peel, strong, dry and fruity, medium long

  49. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    By Serge Benromach 15 yo (43%, OB, +/- 2016): 87 points

  50. vojt466 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good drinking, but I can not get rid of the feeling that at least 46% of the power would be even more intense
    • Nose
      Full cream scent of sherry, pickled cherries, raisins, vanilla, oranges with cinnamon and cool menthol.
    • Taste
      Sherry, vanilla, nuts. Oily to creamy, at the same time very cultivated (otherwise it is no longer a youth). Toffee, chocolate, background citrus peel and dark dried fruits
    • Finish
      In reverberation, sherry, nuts, caramel, vanilla and cane sugar with a pleasant ginger ending in combination with cinnamon that is quite dull

  51. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Excellent continuation of the new line of Benromach, a successful combination of sherry and bourbon barrels - all the derivatives are clearly distinguishable, do not interfere with each other, harmoniously merging into one, adding depth and complexity, all this with a commercial fortress and it is quite enough, excellent pitches, balance - successful release.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, processed wood, carpenter's workshop, salted grape leaves, a bit of vanilla, light peat hues, raisins, dried apricots, lemon peel, pre-foliage.
    • Taste
      Wood-raisin, lemon zest, fruity and confectionery notes, burnt crackers, leavard, spicy, slightly tart oak.
    • Finish
      Light, raisins, burnt crackers, dark beer, light metal sour, orange peel, cola, light peppercorn.

  52. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Caramel, raisins, vanilla, distant smoke from the garden fire. Behind it grilled lemons and eucalyptus. Wet autumn leaves, forest floor.
    • Taste
      Slightly salty caramel, brown sugar, some pepper. Light honey, lemon drops, dark chocolate, hazelnut.

  53. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    a combination between the regular 10’s sweet and floral profile with the 10-100 proof’s dark woodsy notes, good but not as good as the 10 nor as satisfyingly intense as the 100 proof

  54. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    G&M has been doing great things out here. Rich flavors, good ratios. A little grotesque, but nice.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry, caramel, prunes and waxy apple peel. Discrete smoke. Engine oil ?!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, creamy. Pepper and tobacco. Nice oak and pleasant honeyed fruitness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, sweet.

  55. nhuber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    more sherry than the 10-year, very nice and mellow, easy to drink & lovely dram, may the 10yr has better price/value relationship but still very good for the 15 year

  56. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I tasted the Whisky Festival 2017. Aroma tastes well, well-balanced whisky.
    • Nose
      Heavy malt. Spicy, sweet and slightly windy with touching needles. (86 b)
    • Taste
      There is a slight influence of sherry, sweet spiciness. (86 b)

  57. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  58. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    no question, this is a lovely dram. maybe the tenner is a little fresher and more spontanieous.
    88/100
    • Nose
      dry sherry influence and gentle smoke. very much a benromach.
      rather old style whisky with aromas of shoepolish and floor wax.
      dried fruits and brazil nut. very dark chocolate.
      very similar to the 10yo, just a tad rounder and not as direct, don´t know whether this is an advantage . will have to taste them head to head.
      after having typed that Í´m getting leather and cigars.
    • Taste
      rather dry and dense, oily mouthfeel. very much on leather and tobacco, dried fruits and cigar smoke.
      the second sip was a beit sweeter but also drying very quickly.
    • Finish
      long, "dark"

  59. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Following on from the 10yo de-construction WB:

    N: So this is the 'baked' 10yo WB. As a result it's far richer with some varnish notes.
    T: Even at 43%, a drop of water is desirable as those first fill casks still have fire in their staves.
    F: Vegetal bitter [Talisker-esque 18yo], and oloroso cask sour.
    C: I'm on maraca’s with both the 10yo and the 15yo. I find the 15yo better in some ways but both are equally as good. Blog

    Scores a B[-]

  60. Oloroso-Butt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

  61. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  62. Anuminas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  63. TheWhiskyAgent scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Off the bat it’s quite sweet and full, some barley sugar followed by brine. Sweet and salty is always a favorite! Beeswax, a little new leather and moss in the forest. I find all sorts of jams as well: Apricot, peach and my beloved orange marmalade. The mouth feel is creamy and start with a peppery catch. Good wood and lots of it. Medium sweet a little drying, compliments to the oak. Malted barley and some candied oranges. This one gets smoother and more palatable the second time around. Once in a while I encounter a Whisky that seems to improve with every sip, I do think that’s an asset. Slight hint of smoke and a salty breeze from the ocean…How poetic! Finishes long and leaves your mouth wanting more. What I always enjoy with Benromach is the lingering aftertaste of a traditional dunnage warehouse. Quite spectacular, as expected. G&M are doing what I would like to see more often: Single malt with character produced the traditional way! Big thums-up from me.

  64. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  65. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Rather light-bodied. A bit too thin on the palate in my opinion, which falls slightly apart at times. Still very decent whisky.

    Tasted blind as the 11th whisky in my 2016 whisky advent calendar.
    • Nose
      Sea breeze, smoke, treacle, heavy and full malt, citrus, vanilla, old wooden boards, quite fruity, cardamom, a dusty old cloth that gives off a pleasant and mellow sweet smell, some 'spiced-up' honey, toffee, melted sugar, creamy wood-spices, a tad maritime throughout (?), some dry four fruits tea and some earthiness. Very classic indeed. 
    • Taste
      Cream, leather, smoke, fruit, toffee, a lot of malty notes, sea (?), fresh peat, melted sugar, heather, some zesty fruit juice, a bit of nuttiness, lots of different spices and some old oak.
    • Finish
      Medium length - smoke, vanilla, fresh peat, sea salt (?), malty throughout, mellow but mature oak, a bit of grapefruit near the end, cream, salmiakk liquorice, remnants of fruitiness.

  66. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  67. Andytka3 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    N- Charming fresh nutmeg with curious plasticine, chrysanthemum tea
    smokes, old books, tree-sap. Entertaining stuff if you are looking for
    something different.

    P- Dry, presents of active wood, solid build with rich dark berries, fine full body red wine.

    F- Long and smooth, with return of spicy pepper and herbal powder. Unusual speysider. Good stuff.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  68. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  69. Bosi scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    This Benromach has the makings of an Every Day Dram. Tasty, but not really complex and very pleasing by the 43% (in a positive sense).
    • Nose
      The nose starts with recognizable sherry influence, followed by baked apples, a hint of smoke and an ever-increasing fruitiness that dominates the aroma with time, along with nutmeg and licorice.
    • Taste
      When it comes to flavor, the bourbon barrels are stronger: vanilla is followed by fudge and sweet cream. Smoke is in the taste only very discreetly noticeable.
    • Finish
      The finish is something of the alcohol, so it falls out a little short. It is dry with notes of oak, leather and brown sugar.

  70. Alex scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    noticeable more sherry compared to the 10yo and 100 proof, with nice plums, dried fruits, white pepper and subtle wood smoke. Very enjoyable, not only for sherry fans

  71. big_peat scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  72. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Positive surprise, so-so-normal standard OA-15er for too much money (~ 70 €) fears, idiosyncratic, interesting whisky, priced at the limit, but still OK. I like it.
    • Nose
      starts green-fruity (apple, kiwi), fresh, a little salt and acid, then pepper, ginger, herbs .. some wax, old newspaper ... then flash Haribobären on ... chocolate ... some leather, tobacco. .. very complex, changeable, interesting
    • Taste
      here it is "clearer", intense, sweet, very slightly smoky, you notice the sherry influence, exotic-dark-fruity, slightly bitter
    • Finish
      long and dark, chocolate, pepper, leather, a bit earthy

  73. Sapiano scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Benromach 15 43% WID: 68235

    Nose: Significant smoke, no gum notes, as I sometimes have with other smokers. Sweet fruit, herbs, moist tobacco, plum, leather.

    Taste: First sweet, then comes pleasant smoke. Smoke and sweetness are in a good balance. A bit of salt. Acidity spreads, then the wort comes from the oak behind.

    Finish: Wood and pleasant bitterness, but for me no chocolate or coffee, more herbal spicy, the smoke remains in the mouth for a long time.

    Conclusion: Could have a little more percent. The nose was a bit fuller for me than later the taste. But overall, I like it very much. Unfortunately, the sample is now empty. I would have liked to take another sip to try the sweet fruit again.

  74. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted as a blindsample. I like it very much. If he had a little more ass in his pants in the form of a turn, he would like me one more tick.
    • Nose
      red apples, light sweetness and chocolate, no smoke, red wine or sherry (more red wine), in the background comes fresh hay, the alcohol is also noticeable, if only in the background
    • Taste
      slight bitterness but disappears quickly; then follows a pleasant tingle with vanilla, cinnamon and again sherry (or red wine)
    • Finish
      medium with minimal smoke (or is it the alcohol?), it remains pleasant, dry oak, spiciness and sweetness, all in all, a very mild finish

  75. Bishlouk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The reduced side is not disabling, because noticeable. The nose is very engaging, the mouth easy to access, and the final a bit too short. All in all it's good, it's business!
    • Nose
      A big wave of dried fruit, candied, and caramelized. It is greedy entry and appetite. A little grilled popcorn behind the fruit. A very light sweet tobacco smoke, which accompanies hazelnut shell chips.
    • Taste
      Dried fruits in shambles (grapes and dates in the head), supported by a mixture of non-invasive sweet spices. A monolithic mouth but pleasant to sip without asking questions beyond measure.
    • Finish
      Short. The sweet spices stay a while, while the dry fruit goes away leaving behind a fine smoke of dry wood dust.

  76. Torfding scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    a little bit own, but very round and coherent
    • Nose
      dry sherry, vanilla, caramel, ginger, dry orange, somehow a bit dusty and similar old paper, which was once wet, cocoa powder, a hint of smoke and menthol (the latter note vanishes), later I notice a stronger sugar note
    • Taste
      a bit ashy (still slightly smoldering) and peppery as well as fruit acid, exotic dark fruits, pleasantly bitter, somewhat salty and with a hint of tobacco and leather
    • Finish
      medium to long, some chocolate and wood

  77. Titi94 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Benromach 43% 10 yo vs 15 yo :For me, these 2 new series of Benromach are very interesting. The 15 yo is deeper and richer than the 10 yo, but its price is more than the double (but stay attractive). So, these 2 whiskies are good values and, moreover, very drinkable.

    Same note : 86/100.

  78. Titi94 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW Profile: affirmed and right. Fruity (melon, watermelon) and spicy (black pepper, ginger and nutmeg).
    Color: old gold with copper highlights.
    Nose: ample, firm. From the outset, Benromach's assertive and straightforward style comes out in the open. With a simplicity that rings true, this 15-year-old is showing resplendent maturity. Sherry brings a lot of citrus, beeswax and some salinity and dark chocolate. The bourbon casks adorn it with herbaceous notes (sage, verbena), vanilla and spices (pepper, nutmeg). The set is very harmonious and old-style look. Palate: tense and yet pleasant. Lighter than the nose could suggest, its attack is particularly fruity (melon, watermelon). Very quickly, spices ensure a frantic tempo. There is black pepper, ginger and nutmeg. The end of the mouth is perfect pastry (Paris-Brest, vanilla custard). Final: long, dynamic. A very slight trace of peat and smoke (ashes) borders on the woods. Dried fruits (almond, date) confirm this evolution towards more aridity. It continues on notes of stone fruit (black cherry, prune). The retro-olfaction which oscillates between the precious wood and the malted barley is also intermittently greedy (vanilla ice cream). The empty glass is spicy (saffron).

  79. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  80. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    ‘A high-fidelity separation malt’
    N: Bold yet subtle, complex for sure. Starts off on mild, lemon and sweet malt, indicative of the region. Theres a fabulous cask mix with the sherry side producing some some wonderfully soft sugars and new rubber seals. Every note is a veal over the next with a bit of everything and all very balanced. The ‘old style’ (mentioned in the official distillery notes), checks in against the [1930’s] Bellows WB.  Given time you'll find lots and lots here, including Oris and heathers.
    T: Lovely straight shooting lemon then peat smoke, the smoke from some heavy charring it seems. Add water for a fully rounded development. Later turns a little to a chocolatey malt, perfect.
    F: More of the same, lots of lingering, lots of charring (too much?). A high-fidelity separation malt.
    C: This is a lovely dram, a mainstay dram deserving of a place in many a whisky cabinet i would imagine.

    Scores a B[-]

    Further reading: WF86 Ralfy89

  81. Doctor B. scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  82. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  83. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rich, dry, spicy (ginger, pepper), herbs, salty, some smokiness
    • Taste
      Clean, fresh, peat smoke, honey, dried, figs, prunes
    • Finish
      Medium long, fruity (apples), dry

  84. notesofmalt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Benromach 15 years, 43% alc. original bottling Benromach 15 years, 43% alc. original bottling
    Maturation: Predominantly bourbon barrels, approx. 10% in sherry casks, followed by a common finish in sherry casks (Oloroso)
    Region: Speyside, Scotland

    Nose: own, robust and interesting. Reminiscent of the 10-year-old in cask strength, but seems a bit drier. The bourbon barrels are still present, vanilla and caramel can be found, interspersed with various culinary herbs and eucalyptus. Furthermore fall on orange jam, candied ginger and candle wax, also a touch of leather.

    Palate: Wild and a bit confused: tropical fruits, including mangoes, kiwi and pineapple, followed by plums and spices (cloves, pepper and cinnamon). Here, too, the smoke falls a bit, ham in honey marinade, smoldering campfire, leather. The oak wood comes along with a pleasant bitterness.

    Finish: Long, earthy with a blend of root vegetables and chocolate.

    Conclusion: Special and daily form-dependent. A really good quality whisky, which was definitely not made just to meet as many tastes. However, he would have liked to have a few turns more.

    88/100 points (tasted 2015, ca. 70 €)
    I thank the importer for the sample!
    Original article with photo: http://www.notesofmalt.de/notes-Speyside...ch-15yo,-43-OA/

  85. Robert Parker scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Tested without expectations - I was looking forward to the following dram. Then, however, got my full attention absolutely right. Very round and harmonious, great single matl
    • Nose
      At the beginning sherry, creamy, the light smoke harmonizes in the context, one can smell very intense - alcohol odors are not present, very pleasant
    • Taste
      Sherry, lots of spices, dark dry fruits (possibly very ripe plums), smoke surrounds this round malt
    • Finish
      dry, sticks on the palate, smoke sticks in the throat, pleasant mouthfeel, dark fruits come back, no alcohol sharpness or similar!

  86. Shane_IL scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This is a good sherried dram, well made and complex, but feels a but flatter and less livelt than the 10 year old expressions. It's just good, not great. 
    • Nose
      Fruity, dirty sherry. Plums. Raspberry drink powder. Sticky wood, pine cones. Smoke. Chilli. Cacao powder. Some vegetal peat shows up after a while in the glass.
    • Taste
      Treated leather, very dominant. Vegetal peat. Prickly pears. Red fruits. Cinnamon on the swallow. 
    • Finish
      Long. Very woody. Hints of unsmoked tobacco. Coppery note. Citrus spray. More leather. Bitter chocolate.

  87. Finlaggan scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/07/benromach-15yo-2015-distillery-bottling.html

  88. moviemaniac scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Quite a lot more oak influence and less sweetness but more darker notes than in the 10yo due to 5 more years in (european) ex-sherry wood. A nice dram, but I prefer the younger one.

    https://dokla.net/dailydram/2015/06/30/tasting-benromach-15y/

  89. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:Benromach 15 yo (43%, OB, 2015) Colour: full gold. Nose: good dust, you see what I mean? Shoe polish, old tin boxes, old books, waxed paper, pinesap, carbon paper… All that on a bed of paprika and white pepper, plus bitter oranges and whiffs of Worcester sauce. And Tabasco. Fun stuff, in a very dry style, I’m very curious about the palate. Won’t it be too dry? Mouth: no! Start with some peated leather (what?) and more of those bitter and sour sauces, as well as a feeling of, say ginger and tobacco, 50/50. It is a little odd in some way, but the singularities alone make this a worthy whisky. I find it delightfully un-commercial, and couldn’t find any traces of some dreadful vanillin and coconut. Finish: rather long, with some green pepper, perhaps, and some smoke. Very leathery and slightly metallic aftertaste. Comments: not a very easy style, and at times it made me think of contemporary Springbank and Longrow because of its idiosyncrasies. I may prefer the younger tens, but this baby’s very fine for sure. For true malt lovers (oh come on). SGP:362 - 86 points.

  90. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It is no secret that I'm a fan of Benromach. And the 15yo certainly is a step up from the regular 10yo. It's a bit richer and has some more depth.
    • Nose
      Mild smoke and peat with oranges and vanilla. Some licorice and porridge with brown sugar and a bit of bacon. Mint and flatbread as well. Very similar to the Benromach 10yo, but a bit richer.
    • Taste
      Pretty oaky and dry with a hint of peat smoke and pepper. Also a fruitier side with red apple, dates and plums. The whisky is lovely mouth coating.
    • Finish
      Red apples and oranges. Smoke and tannins.

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