Benromach 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
12/05/15 , 13/05/15
Added on
19 May 2015 12:06 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 89.91

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 15-year-old

92 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.68 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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