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BenRiach Cask Strength - Batch 1

Overall rating 128 votes 83.48

Member rates

407 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 21
Taste 20
Finish 20
Balance 20

Tastingtags

27 Notes

Ciro
Connoisseur Ciro Review note
25 May 2017 11:01 pm
Ciro gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
82.9
Nose
84
Initial taste
82
Body
82
Finish
82
Price
84
Presentation
85
Allandale
Connoisseur Allandale Tasting note
03 Apr 2017 3:40 pm
Allandale gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Amber
Nose

There  is fresh fruit, warm Danish pastries , cinnamon  wholemeal toast and fresh honeycomb dribbling across the plate.

Taste

Some muesli notes with dried banana, thick cream.

Finish

Ahhh you never grated nutmeg on your porridge before, but what the hell....it's Christmas.

Comments

Stewart Buchanan unveiled this in Christchurch  at the end of a long show when everyone's palates were jaded.

thatfamousgrouse
Member Junior thatfamousgrouse Tasting note
21 Mar 2017 12:11 am
thatfamousgrouse gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Amber
Nose
  • Nose: Floral and musty. Bitter grapefruit peel, peach skin, raisin, cardamom, and apple cinnamon Cheerios.

Taste
  • Palate: Bitter, sour, and a little sweet. Peach, raisin, bitter grapefruit peel, and sour apple. Heavy water and some patience brings out fresh fruit of the aforementioned variety. Maybe a tad light.

Finish
  • Finish: Bitter and drying. Sour apple, raisin, and a lot of oak.

Comments

Score: B- (83 if you must); Maybe I’m a little over this OB NAS cask strength fad. Not bad but not great.

Hemdl
Expert Senior Hemdl Tasting note
20 Sep 2016 7:01 pm
Hemdl gave this whisky 69 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Leicht alkoholisch, sehr jugendlich frisch. Dahinter ein paar Früchte und leichte Holz- und Honignoten.
Unspektakulär.

Taste

Würzig, leichte Kräuter. Eine erstaunliche Birnen-Obstlernote hängt sich am Gaumen fest, so gar nicht mein Fall. Viel mehr kommt da nicht, allenfalls etwas Pfeffer und leicht bittere Holznoten. Viel präsenter ist allerdings tatsächlich diese Obstlernote.

Finish

Der Obstler ist nun verschwunden, der Abgang zieht sich (auch getragen vom Alkohol) und es kommen leicht süßliche und würzige Eichenaromen - bis dato das Beste an dieser Abfüllung. Am Ende leicht trocken und bitter. Am Ende kommt allerdings nochmal eine sehr ungewöhnliche New-Spirit-Note durch, die mir auch den Abgang verhagelt.

Comments

Ich habe keine Ahnung, was man sich bei dieser Abfüllung gedacht hat. Für mich definitiv einer der schlechtesten BenRiach der letzten Jahre. Unausgewogen, unreif und schlicht preislich absolut überteuert. Wie man "richtige" Cask Strength Serien rausbringt, beweisen Laphroaig und andere Jahr für Jahr. Da braucht es wahrlich keinen BenRiach dieser Klasse, die man selbst mit viel gutem Willen allenfalls als "unterdurchschnittlich" bezeichnen kann.

ApricotOne
Expert Senior ApricotOne Review note
12 Sep 2016 7:40 pm
ApricotOne gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
82.8
Nose
83
Initial taste
82
Body
83
Finish
84
Price
82
Presentation
82
Goethe
Expert Senior Goethe Tasting note
31 Aug 2016 8:27 pm
Goethe gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Fruits, honey, some wood, herbals, caramel apples.

Taste

Sweet wood and herbs. Vanilla, oragens. Oak.

Finish
Quite long. Sweet oak. Some spirit.

Comments
This Benriach is worth the money. Some nice fresh and fruity flaps.
Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
jankes
Expert Senior jankes Review note
27 Aug 2016 2:46 pm
jankes gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
83
Nose
85
Initial taste
83
Body
83
Finish
82
Price
81
Presentation
83
Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
26 Aug 2016 5:09 pm
Shane_IL gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Light fruits. Peaches and pears. Honey. Light wood. A light herbal, maybe grassy note. Bit of that musty bookshop smell, or maybe some sawdust.

Taste

Quite woody, a bit of a mix of sweet and bitter wood notes. Woodspice. Pepper. Herbal honey. Tropical fruits. Syrup from tinned fruit salad. Woody vanilla. Custard with cinnamon.

Finish

Long. Cinnamon with brown sugar. Hints of porridge. Marmalade.

Comments
My Collection Happy to swap samples with anyone in the UK/EU/Canada, pm for details.
Sonett
Connoisseur Sonett Review note
24 Aug 2016 9:38 am
Sonett gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.1
Nose
84
Initial taste
82
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
86
Presentation
85
Sonett
J23
Expert Junior J23 Review note
07 Aug 2016 4:52 pm
J23 gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82.1
Nose
81
Initial taste
83
Body
81
Finish
80
Price
86
Presentation
85

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