BenRiach 1986 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
50.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
09.15 15/387
Added on
01 sep 2015 8:15 pm by Zinni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 235.92

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 1986 CA

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.21 points.

  1. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose was flat with not much showing even with time.
    Water also wasn't a friend of this one, the addition of water brought out sour oak notes.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Not an overly expressive nose.
      Some elements of orange oils, some strawberries which are neither sweet nor tart. Some soft oak notes which are followed up with more fruits, this time peach.
      After first sip the delicate flavors of the nose step up their game and assert themselves.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily and full, sweet on arrival with a quick blast of apple flavored sweets, green jelly bears from Haribo. A herbal and grassy note creeping in to take over the palate, some well aged oak creeping in. Back on the orange oils and zest but here with some added peppermint.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Delicate oak notes with some of the peach from the nose and a long lingering of the peppermint from the palate.

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  3. sotongwong98 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Bopaja scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. lukeboone scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    revisiting this really changed my opinion. 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is a very subtle but well balanced whisky. The distillery character is clearly present in this dram and the cask influence is minimal. It takes quite a while to open this whisky and detect all the intricate flavours that are hidden in this dram. For my taste it’s all a bit too restrained and it lacks some character and depth. It has a nice mouth filling and oily texture on the palate but on the nose it’s just too shy.
    • Nose
      A delicate, light, fresh and well balanced whisky with aromas of hay, grass, dusty oak, acacia honey, subtle citrus tones (mainly lemon), cardboard, faith hint of fennel, subtle licorice, apple, unripe pears, faint hint of almonds, grains, earthy tones, subtle beeswax, hint of solvents, hint of white chocolate, floral tones (elderflowers, dandelion, buttercup and honeysuckle rose), fresh oak sap and very subtle oak.
    • Taste
      A powerful, subtle, well balanced and oily whisky with aromas of white pepper, green apple, unripe pears, hint of apricots, subtle pineapple, hint of licorice root, earthy tones, subtle honey, sweet ginger, kiwi, subtle citrus tones (mainly lemon), tannins, berries (raspberry, blackberry), orange, grape seeds, boiled milk and very subtle oak.
    • Finish
      A medium long and slightly drying finish with aromas of white pepper, ginger, floral tones, acacia honey, hint of green walnuts, grapefruit zest, subtle summer berries, tannins, grape seeds and subtle oak.

  8. Jimjam did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Cadenhead's tasting notes:

    Some soft oaky notes along with red fruits. Faint dunnage warehouses with raspberries and lychees

    Slightly nutty with strong orange oil notes coming through with hints of lime and kiwi fruits

    Very creamy with soft spice, orange bitters and strawberries


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