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Benromach 35-year-old

Overall rating
90.28/100
votes
184
Whiskybase ID
WB77630
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Heritage
Bottled
17.09.2015
Stated Age
35 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
17/09/15 151445
Barcode
5020613055568
Added on
28 jan 2016 3:39 pm by thijs100

Average value

€ 851.82

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184 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 35-year-old

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Ouch, this is deliciously good. Everything is so well integrated and layered.
    • Nose
      Very gentle, this is a soft-spoken dram with lots of layers. The sherry influence is fairly obvious. Subtle notes of raisins, dates and milk chocolate. But there's also sweet honey, oranges and a rich cinnamon aroma with a hint of pepper. Fruity with raspberry and blue berries. A hint of tobacco.
    • Taste
      The tobacco note is more present on the palate, with some added menthol as well. Cloves too. It's a touch oaky (although never going over the edge), giving away it's advanced age. Furniture polish and beeswax go hand in hand with fruits like oranges and overripe banana.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy. Minty with a hint of woodsmoke.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I had this down as a refill sherry, whatever it is, all can really say is that it is just about perfect for a 43% whisky.
    one word - lovely
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    For 5 cl deep in the bag ...
    But ... a brilliant, outstanding malt ... fantastic!

    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      Caramel, toffee, honey, wax, dark fruits, oak, ripeness;
    • Taste
      soft, swelling, raisins, dates, marmalade, sherry, honey, wood, dark chocolate, coffee, oily, complex;
    • Finish
      long, oily, raisins, bitter choco; astringent;

  4. Macheye scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Setting you back somewhere in the region on £450-£550 (depending on where you shop – and this is sold out in many of the more usual online outlets), Benromach 35 year old frankly needs to be excellent. Fortunately for all involved, it most certainly is – pretty glorious in fact. Old and austere in places, bright and tangy in others, this is a complex whisky that really takes you on a journey - through sweet in to sour and finally onto bitter – the whole time maintaining wonderful balance and definition. Whilst the bottle price is beyond the budget of many (most) whisky drinkers, if you get the change to purchase a dram of this, don’t pass it up. Outstanding.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/benromach/benromach-35-year-old/
    • Nose
      Immediately delightful – pronounced furniture polish, beeswax, bees honey and bee pollen (all of the bees) are greeted most pleasurably by orange peels, old bound books and leather armchairs. Deeper, there are cider apples – fresh, but still with some citric zing, tobacco pouches and cinnamon. After a period of resting – which of course, with a whisky of this age and stature you’re going to be doing (right?!) -apricots, soft baking sugars and seriously old (but somehow still sappy) oak. Rather divine.
    • Taste
      Unctuous and starting fairly sweet with freshly picked apples, tangerines and orange juice. There’s quite some development here, and first of all we’re heading in to sour territory with lemons, orange liqueur and liquorice. Just when you thought you’d grappled with the evolving flavour profile, it’s time for some bitterness – very high cocoa solid chocolate, pepper (particularly in the back palate), cinnamon and mild medicinal herbs. Throughout, some supporting flavours keep everything grounded – old tobacco (nearly of the pipe variety), walnuts, reduced fruits (figs and prunes) and delicate puff pastry. This more than delivers on the promise of the nose.
    • Finish
      Quite long with orange peels, cinnamon and old drying oak.

  5. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very, very well-aged Romach, almost a tick too dry / bitter for me, but still just on the border eigtl., Nice that you even recognize him after 35y yet.
    • Nose
      Exciting nose, because you can still recognize the well-known 2-3 Benromach main notes again, tree resin, a little peppery, a bit musty car tires, then intense bitter orange as rarely otherwise, blood orange, rosemary, pickled peaches and yellow plums, clove, caraway, nutmeg, Licorice, old chest of drawers and Chesterfield armchairs, brandy creme brulee, black tea
    • Taste
      Here almost the entire nose again, first starts very dry, a lot of dry, old leather, orange bitters, cumin, black pepper, black tea, licorice, chest of drawers, maple syrup and nutmeg, dark chocolate and very far back then a finish mint, a little like a chewed mint gum and a hint of green apple and grapefruit
    • Finish
      Bitter, dry, with hints of mint, lots of oak, some dark malt and licorice, nutmeg

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this during a Benromach tasting organised by Whiskybase in march 2017
    .

    Wow this is a beauty

    no smoke or peat or what-so-ever. so this is oldschool Benromach! What do we smell? alot of things: tabacco, anice, lavandula, honey, mocca, white pepper, vanilla, some creamy yoghurt, pears and other fruits and some hints of dark chocolate

    The taste is very fruity, apples, ripe figs, very thick and delicate in the mouth, marmalade. also again the dark chocolate lingering around the corner

    the finish is long and sensual. again the dark chocolate, and a very pleasant bitterness!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Pine resin meets old books and plum jam
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Color: amber

    - a phenomenal single malt whisky
    - very complex, very intense, very complex, very successful, very cool…. unfortunately also very expensive….
    • Nose
      Caramel, toffee, honey, wax, dark fruits, oak, ripeness (you can really feel the long storage time), very intense
    • Taste
      soft, fruity approach, nice and permanently rising taste on the palate, very complex, toffee, dark fruits, berries, raisins, dates, jam, sherry, honey, old wood, dark chocolate, very oily, complex
    • Finish
      long, oily, with raisins and dark chocolate; astringent long aftertaste

  9. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Huge vanilla seeds, very pure. The alchol is a little pungent despite 43%, a little bit woody, vanilla ice cream, simple and concentrated.
    • Taste
      Mellow, fresh and vibrant, very sweet, old-style, fresh apple, nectarine, dark and vegetal, classic Speyside floralness.
    • Finish
      Medium, icing sugar, cookies, vanilla.

  11. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Remarkable. At 35, the Benromach character is still easier than, for example, a GlenDronach at 15, 18 or 21 years. Very round the whole, elegant and pleasant to enjoy. The 43% do not disturb, make the malt even more silky.
    • Nose
      floral-sweet honey and beeswax notes, fresh orange juice, orange zest with delicate bitterness and bitter orange - the whisky is orange in every variation. Classic cider (ripe apple with a light tingle). The otherwise quite dominant Benromach spice is here subtle, if noticeable, with green pepper and fresh rocket (mustard-peppery note). The age can be guessed, old attic with subtle mustiness rises to my nose. Assam tea and bitter, but aromatic herbs
    • Taste
      oily, at first sweet orange blossoms sparkle, then suddenly dryness in the whole mouth (but not unpleasant). Pepper - this time black - and baking cocoa, with orange peel and dry cigar. The wood announces itself, pushing forward with unsweetened liquorice, the Assam tea from the nose and dried garden herbs (notable that here still after 35 years, the typical Benromach notes get through). Interesting wood smoke component comes through, more aromatic than really asy-smoky.
    • Finish
      long. The herbs remain, accompanied by sweetish spearmint, aromatic spice and - surprise, even more orange.

  12. bakerman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Xmas whisky
    • Nose
      Lovage, nutty, honey, orange
    • Taste
      Cinnamon, lots of clove, bitter walnuts, herbs
    • Finish
      Herbs, bitter and peppery, very long

  13. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, velvety, but not soft washed, a lot of aroma from the wood, but not woody-bitter, nice whisky (albeit far from my budget).
    • Nose
      first, fleeting impression after unscrewing the sample bottle: old wood, dusty, cloves, Coke (?), Maggi (??) ... let's see
      Glass: old, dusty, wood, furniture polish ... because nothing else comes through, wait or water?
      well, a drop: sweet - milk chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, raisins, a hint of peach and Organgenmarmelade
    • Taste
      velvety in the mouth, but intense in the taste: cocoa, walnut, cloves, some tobacco ... longer in the mouth: associations of Maggi, cough syrup, herbal bitters
    • Finish
      long and velvety, dark chocolate, cinnamon, some herbal bitter

  14. JohannesB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An experience! Not only that such old whisky is always one. This Benromach has its own style of herbs and bitterness, which is extremely positive. Serge Valentin has described it as "the most complex form of Jägermeister", but you could not describe it better. Unique and unlike any other very old malt I've ever had.
    • Nose
      Strong oranges, both candied and in a slightly bitter English jam. A touch of gunpowder brings the typical character of Benromach - and after 35 years! Juicy raisins, cooked fruit and a fine sweetness testify to the sherry casks used. But there is more, much more. Layer by layer, the whisky can be explored. There are dusty books and old furniture in the storeroom, beeswax candles and a lot of wood that is not too strong. On the other hand, there are still vanilla cream, red apples and a kind of fresh breeze in the distance.
    • Taste
      Wow. Extremely oily, supple and almost viscous, it feels in the mouth. Now the hour of 35 years beats in oak barrels. A comforting and intense woodiness dresses the entire mouth. Cedarwood, cigar tobacco, burnt oranges, cinnamon and some smoke. Then there is a slightly too strong espresso. The second sip reveals walnuts and bitter herbs.
    • Finish
      Long and accompanied by spicy, slightly bitter wood notes. As if, after a good cigar, you let a piece of very dark chocolate slowly melt on your tongue. There is a black tea. Now and then comes the dominant fruit, the orange with cinnamon notes.

  15. moviemaniac scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is a double-edged sword. One part of the whisky is still fresh and lively and another is old, aged, oaky imparting the unmistakeable “really old whisky” flavours of beeswax, wood polish, dusty fruits and the likes. If you get the chance, tasting whisky as old as this is a must in order to train your palate and broaden your knowledge. As far as this particular example goes, it is a fine example of aged whisky, scoring high in the 80s but for a 90s score I would’ve wished for a tad richer palate – for me there is something missing translating between the fresh and the old notes, it just does not tickle my entire mouth. But that is criticism on a very high level! A very good example of “old whisky” indeed without being too woody and oaky (which can happen too), but be prepared to pay a nice wee sum, if you can still find it! 

    88/100Full review here: https://dokla.net/dailydram/2016/03/20/tasting-benromach-35-yo-2016/

  16. Ninofdram scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. jveit scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  18. DocF scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Restrained on the first nose, it takes a sip to bring out pine resin, mustard seed - reminiscent of more modern bottlings - soot, oranges, dried plums, cloves and nutmeg.
    Almost liqueur-bittersweet in the mouth, soot, pine resin, polished wood, pine needles, you can chew on them forever, orange peel, bark, undergrowth, later more and more sooty.
    Long finish, in short herb candy with soot. Ncoh a little old Oloroso, yeast, soot.

    Takes time in the glass, nose and mouth, woven old fabric.

  19. DramJammin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  20. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Finish
      Great part without corners and edges

  21. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and easy going Benromach that really could use an extra 3%abv. That and a little gunpowder on the nose keep it from greatness. There is lots to love, not sure I’d want a bottle for the price.

    Tasted against benromach 40 and 45. I would rank it in the middle after the 40.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A little candle wax mixed with lacquer. Pinecones and drops of honey. A little sulphur lurks in the background and then dissipates. It’s all very nice, give It time, it grows in the glass.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Milk chocolate, even chocolate truffle. Waxy mouthfeel, some melon, chocolate orange, buttery.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Classy, but a little weak. What is there, is timeless. Beeswax and honey. Chocolate ganache, the oak is present, but balanced. It’s got that great antique armchair thing going on.

  22. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      aromatic, slightly spicy, fine sherry notes, spicy-fruity, spices, a little orange but also apple aromas, raisins, trace herbaceous, hint of beeswax and a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      91 91
      warm, aromatic, gently fruity-spicy with notes of different woods (a bit like Dalmore), orange, spices, fine dried fruits, a hint of barrel, a little honey, a hint of tart oak / chocolate.
    • Finish
      90 90
      slightly spicy, notes of different woods, soft, hint of sweetish, some dried fruit, spices, trace of smoke. Finishes off with delicate dried fruit notes and a hint of chocolate.

  23. Joschbert scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

  24. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Woodier and more into sherry than the 30yo 2011 release, but while this one has bolder tastes and a firmer body, I feel the 30yo has more detail from the distillate itself, while this one has more tannins. I couldn't help but score both the same, and feel that for example the Vega 1976 41yo blended malt from NSS (90) is just a notch better than both while being much cheaper.

    Tasted with Benromach 10yo 100° proof (85 pts.), Benromach 2006-2018 for Van Wees 59,2% (86), Benromach 1998 20th Anniversary 56,2% (85), Benromach 30yo bot. 2011 (89) and Benromach 2005-2014 Hermitage finish (81).
    • Nose
      Dark chocolate and cigars. Lots of star anise, and old, well used chess pieces. An inviting nose to say the least, original and flawless.
    • Taste
      A better, firmer body than the 30yo bot. 2011. Oodles of sherry, but it's not this same-y note of contemporary sherry casks, but deeper, prettier, with more detail. Faint mushrooms and sal-ammoniac, with the same tropical fruit in the back as in the 30yo. It has more than a fair share of tannins, but the greasy oiliness of the body helps balance them so the whole doesn't become too dry. Still, every now and then the tannic bite is a bit too much for me.
    • Finish
      Star anise and lots of sherry, with tannins taking over. Were it a little less woody, I think I would score it higher. As it is now, and excellent whisky, but slightly out of balance, and therefore can't earn the otherwise deserved 90 points.

  25. Glenjasper scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Not the best, but a great old Benromach.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  26. Dris scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  28. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Round, elegant. Raisins, old dusty wood, some beeswax. Overripe yellow apples, baked apricots. Moist earth, licorice, freshly ground coffee beans. A touch of marzipan.
    • Taste
      Velvety, oily. Apple pie, pears, chopped almonds. A touch of white pepper. Walnut ice cream, some caramel. Marzipan with milk chocolate. A trace of smoke.

  29. rolabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Yes, it is already complex, of high quality and the old age you can tell. Especially the nose I find interesting and elegant. But the whisky does not touch me somehow. Almost as if the tasting is a purely mechanical act, I miss the WOW effect.
    • Nose
      Fruity with orange and currants, vanilla, leather, a little smoked ham, subtle gums and pepper.
    • Taste
      Soft and sweet in the beginning, honey, orange, pepper and some burning alcohol.
    • Finish
      Very long and bitter finish with spicy notes, espresso, walnut and licorice.

  31. nad_chario scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at a Malt Mongers Israel evening.

    I hate to say it but this didn’t live up to expectations. Don’t get me wrong, it was a bloody nice whisky, and the nose was an absolute treat, but sadly with the very low ABV and filtration took a lot out of it especially with the palate and finish. Whiskies this old can be quite delicate and should really be enjoyed as is. For the premium you pay for the age, what you get is underwhelming.Reviewed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/10/25/benromach-35/
    • Nose
      Rich wood. Woodspice. Cedar. Light pepper. Plums. Stewed peaches. Sultanas. Marmite. Marmalade. Caramel rounds.
    • Taste
      Dry wood. Oak. Acacia sap. Maple syrup. Woodspice. Capers. Oranges in dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium. Dry wood. Slight sherry sweetness. Unlit tobacco. Pepper. Salty toffee.

  34. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Creamy vanilla, ethereal oak, kiwi, orange juice, peach and honeycomb.Palate: Red apples and figs in pastry, a little cocoa and macadamia. Syrupy, fragrant and fruity.Finish: Oak, cinnamon, anise and vanilla.Overall: A delicious piece of whisky history.

  35. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes by Weinquelle Lühmann
    Barrel: First fill sherry barrels
    Color: amber gold
    Aroma: Rich sherry notes with orange marmalade, kiwi and grapefruit arms complemented by sumptuous cinnamon.
    With water: sherry notes with honey, blackcurrant and beeswax polished scents, complemented by a subtle hint of cloves.
    Taste: At first it is sweet with honey, English cake, ripe banana and melon flavors. Soft with white chocolate, combined with a soft menthol note, full body and a long, smooth, fruity finish.
    With water: a fabulous combination of white pepper, followed by dried tobacco, fresh steamed pears, raisins and orange peel, enhanced by a delicate touch of charred oak.

  36. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This is the kind of whisky that reminds you there's always something new, better or older to explore. A dram you could nose for a whole evening without sipping it and still enjoying it. Gentle and elegant yet it retained a vibrant fruity character that's not overwhelmed by the oak spices after all those years in the cask.

    I rarely get to taste this class of whiskies which makes it all the more special.

    It's not exactly cheap yet still priced rather competitively. Fellow Speyside malts like Balvenie 30 (+ £600 or Dalmore 30 (+ £1000) would almost force you to sell a kidney. Benromach positioned it more in the 'reasonably' priced whiskies range like Benriach 35 or Old Pulteney 35. Anyway, this is top of the line and a superb dram that deserves to be drunk rather then collect dust on a collector's or investor's shelf.
    • Nose
      The first impression is rather dusty. But once the dust settles down, there's plenty of fruity delight underneath. Old fashioned cough syrup with oranges. Typical sherry notes: dates and figs. Orange marmalade. Beeswax and honey. Grapefruit and old calvados. A wooden cask filled with small sweet and sour apples. A soft spiciness emerges as well as a drop of cider vinegar.

      A few drops of water make it a bit more lively. Fresh and fruity with a subtle sweet note of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      A fruity and spicy start. Sevilla oranges, cigar boxes, apples and green banana prepare the path for a gentle bitter interlude. A whiff of malt beer notes that reminds me of high fermentation beers like Duvel and Omer.

      Water adds a touch of mint, chocolate and oak to this already lovely mix.
    • Finish
      A soft finish but one with quite some stamina. Sticky orange candy, black tea with pieces of dried fruit, oranges and grapefruit. Superior milk chocolate with mint and a lost chiliflake.

  37. Finlaggan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2016/02/benromach-35yo-distillery-bottling.html

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