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Benromach 35-year-old

Overall rating
90.00/100
votes
81
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
Bottle code
17/09/15 151445
Barcode
5020613055568
Added on
28 Jan 2016 3:11 pm by thijs100

Average value

€ 635,89

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 35-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. ColdAesthetics 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

  4. bakerman scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. nad_chario scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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