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BenRiach 1998

Overall rating
85.60/100
votes
52
Whiskybase ID
WB72010
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling - Batch 12
Vintage
27.05.1998
Bottled
06.2015
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheon
Casknumber
6394
Number of bottles
702
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LJ80582
Barcode
5060399681506
Added on
17 Sep 2015 4:19 pm by John Barleycorn
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 165.00

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52 × member ratings

71 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 1998

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.60 points

  1. karloff scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.  A little disappointing for what it is, maybe if I spent time with the bottle at different times, things might have changed. 
    • Nose
      I don't know if I am having an off night but the nose seems lacking , there is glazed cherries and summer fruit pudding but I'm struggling to find anything else ,so I added a tiny drop of water to see if it would open it up, not much really. 
    • Taste
      Full bodied and quite sharp, the drop water in added calms it down and takes the edge off, but it is still hot and spicy with strawberry ice lolly. It has quite a bite at first, but then it dips quite quickly. 
    • Finish
      A medium to short  dry fruity finish with some spice on the death. 

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    I feel it gets undeserved beatings by the other reviewers here.

    It's a single cask, there's supposed to be variety and some may even like this better.

    Nothing wrong with my tube or bottle, maybe a fake?

    And scoring it 62 is not only misleading towards the whisky, but to other members seeking advice as well.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. leeho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Dutchdram scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Obviously dried fruits! Think of raisins and dates. And also hints of plums and red and blackberries. A hint of sherry maybe? A note that makes me think of forestfruit-syrup. And at the end hints of leather and oak.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Less frutier. A hint of raisins though. But tougher notes like dark chocolate, espresso and the leather again. An earthy hint of black crushed pepper. There is a little hint of smoke and some oak.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short to medium-long. Earthy notes keeps lingering with oak. Some coffee and a little hint of raisins.

  5. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A dram with so much good but at the same time nothing truly outstanding.
    Credit where credits due tho, I really did love the nose.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Glazed cherries, cocktail cherries on the boozy side. Sweetness with herbal notes, some touches of vermouth rosso. Gentle wood spice and some liquorice, a bag of raisins and nuts freshly opened (no artificial sweeteners or preservatives).
      With time a fruitiness starts to slowly develop starting with red apples and a few berries, even some cranberry juice. Top that off with some cinnamon spice and all things nice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Arrives a little sharp, a blast of wood spice to open, hot ginger and chili peppers. Malty with red apples, a bowl of granola. Red berries and cream full the palate before sour oak slowly creeps in to join the party.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Oak and rose water with a little powder, ladies foundation.

  6. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  7. karloff scored this whisky 76 points Specialist

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      75 75

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Slightly overpriced, but I like it, a decent sherry finished whisky.
    • Nose
      Of course there's sultanas, sherry and red berries, it's close to a bomb, but there's more to it.

      White pepper, maybe hints of chilli, toffe and after a while in the glass a very pleasant smell of fresh buttered pop corn.
    • Taste
      Very hot arrival with pepper and a little chilli, but it calms down quick.Caramel covered in milk chocolate, light coffe, not to dominant on the sherry but it's there.
    • Finish
      Medium, fat and oily with a little of the prickly spice remaining.

  9. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Less quality for double the money.
    Compared to older batches or older single cask releases this one is an outrage.
    Thumbs down.

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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