Benromach 10-year-old

Overall rating
85.86/100
votes
164
Whiskybase ID
WB80352
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
100° Proof
Bottled
01.04.2015
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
5028704978
Barcode
5020613050051
Added on
25 mar 2016 9:43 am by tedde
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 65.62

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Whisky reviews for Benromach 10-year-old

33 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.86 points.

  1. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A whisky, which beguiles above all by its beautiful and varied nose, even if he can not quite keep this level on the tongue. Nevertheless, a beautiful bass strong 10-year-old with a pleasant smoke.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Tender smoke, slightly dark sweetness, slightly diluted, citrus notes and salt, very slightly flowery.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Beautiful oak note, pleasantly powerful and slightly spicy.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-length finish, very oak-rich.

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  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Well-sherried, earthy and leathery, with lots (and I mean: LOTS) of tobacco. Next to the Bruichladdich Br7, this is the closest thing to a "tobacco bomb" I have yet encountered. Generally more on the dark, settled and spicy end of the spectrum; not particularly fruity or sweet. Perhaps comparable to the Springbank 12 Cask Strength, and equally good.
    I'm impressed in particular by the apparent maturity: I'm dead sure that I'd peg this for older were I to have this blind. 10 going on 15, at least.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Farmy, earthy, leathery, with essential oils (bergamot), autumn leaves and heaps of loose tobacco.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Great, oily mouthfeel. Citrus, eukalyptus, lavender (just a touch), bergamot, tobacco, walnuts, overstewed black, lapsang souchong, and oolong teas. Very austere, tart, idiosyncratic and oldschool.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The smoke prolongs things, obviously. Walnuts, leather, rock salt, all kinds of herbal concoctions.

  5. Ostap scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Visgi is good, whole, complex, consistent. However, not a very comfortable degree.
    • Nose
      Lively, lively, fragrant, fruit compote, unexpectedly salty, slightly smoked, walnuts, smoked lard, stuffed prunes, raisins, mineral. There is a feeling that the aroma is restrained. It becomes more dessert with water, dominated by dates and bananas, malt and peat, chocolate biscuit, sweet gum.
    • Taste
      Powerful, sour smoky, hot explosion, figs, dates, green apple, salty, peppers, vegetables. With water it significantly loses its character and becomes flat.
    • Finish
      Warms, bitter, long, peppery, dry.

  6. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. WhiskyNerdAu scored this whisky 78 points Newbie

    Region: Speyside, Scotland
    Abv: 57%
    Colour: Copper
    Rating: 7.8/10

    Nose: Mild peat notes balanced with a slight citrus note… akin to orange peel.

    Palate: First off the bat… wow! What a mouth feel! This oily stunner immediately coats the inside of your mouth and creates an all-encompassing experience. Notes of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, and dark chocolate accompanied by a perfectly balancing peat element. Gorgeous, complex, warm.

    Finish: Long and maintains a ongoing measure of complexity. The sweetness has transitioned to the more zesty, citrus note off the nose while the last note is a rounding, bitter smoke. A pleasant surprise. Minutes later, I’m still enjoying it.

    Note: As a big fan of seeing the classic Islay distilleries experiment with Sherry and other sweetness-inducing casks with their characteristic peat, I have yet to see many of their Highland and Speyside counterparts pull off the reverse (the underwhelming Glendronach ‘Traditionally Pleated’ comes to mind). This wonderful whisky by @benromach is absolutely an exception to the rule - the juxtaposition between the classic Speyside notes and the peat influence has been handled to perfection. This leaves one question many in the community are screaming… “Why on earth did they discontinue this bottling?!” I’ll be rationing the rest of my bottle for the time to come as this is no long available in Australia.
    If you can get your hands on this endangered dram, 3 - 5 drops of water won’t go amiss. Lovely, lovely stuff.

  8. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice, stronger than the 10yo at 43%
    (2017)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Some sulphur. fermented (sauerkraut?),
      overripe blackberries, fire from broken dry branches
    • Taste
      88 88
      Extremely well integrated sherry, a fantastic balance of different notes that are difficult for me to decipher.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sparkling infusion with old wooden floorboards and pepper - tart!

  9. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Potent, top-notch stuff - so much better than the10yo with 43%. With this CS version everything is more concentrated, polished, expressive - without being pimped to the max by odd sweet wine finishing tricks like so many are doing today. On the contrary, a very old-school malt which I immediately fell for.

  10. McMoulis scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  11. eselsim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    21/22/22/21 86

    A bold speysider
    Right in your face
    Candy, spices and melons, grain and lemon, a fistful of flowers and a handful of gingerbread topped with hot fudge. Gentle smoke as it is, oak vanilla and a long lingering finish

  12. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 89 points Shoplink Moderator

    Benromach is one of my favorite distilleries. This whisky clearly proves why this is so. Masterpiece.

    The smoke is practically imperceptible in the smell, you will only meet it in the taste. However, it does not dominate in taste either, it only enhances the overall experience, the main skeleton of which consists of chocolate, red fruits, various citrus fruits, menthol / mint and spices.

    Each time a slightly different experience.
    • Nose
      Milk (or white) chocolate, cinnamon, strawberry jam, rosemary, furniture polish, dried banana.

      With water: Strawberries with sugar, orange peel, tangerine.
    • Taste
      Mildly hot and dense. Alcohol makes itself known. Raspberries, boiled strawberries, strawberry jam, red apple, overripe black currant. But also cinnamon, ginger, white menthol filling, caramel and cane molasses.

      With water: Tangerine, cherry, mango. And a very intense menthol freshness: Menthol candies. After a long time in the mouth even yolk cream with a little pepper.
    • Finish
      Long and dry. Cinnamon, cloves. Maybe mulled red wine? Mint, ginger, lemon and grapefruit peel, cherry stone, plum. Even orange jam.

      With water: Coconut, menthol, milk chocolate. Slightly salty. And tangerine peel.

  14. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  16. dramspotter scored this whisky 63 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      dust, sweet, iodine, young sherry and some peat
    • Taste
      coastal
    • Finish
      medium

  17. Glennie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Strong and voluminous the Benromach starts the Nosing. Strong sherry notes caress my nose tip. Ripe, dark fruits, juicy oranges, apples, chocolate, vanilla, honey and spices are among my first impressions. The high alcohol content is well integrated, but always indicates that there is a lot of steam in the kettle. In the background there is a beautiful smoky note, which exudes fine smoky aromas. After a good 20 minutes, the vanilla sweetens noticeably pick up speed. Roasting aromas, malt and a subtle oak spice round out the multi-layered impression.
    • Taste
      In terms of taste, too, the power of the malts dominates: pleasantly oily, it nestles into the oral cavity before black pepper causes a proper tingle on the tip of the tongue. Intense (bitter) wood notes, plenty of sherry aromas and spices are immediately present. Red fruits (strawberries, raspberries & cherries) and orange peel give the malt a nice fruitiness with a sourish sting. The vanilla sweetness is noticeable again, but loses in intensity compared to nosing. Dark chocolate, hints of nuts and the beautiful smokes linger in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium long, strong and warming. Freshly ground pepper sets a final exclamation point at the tip of the tongue before the red fruits gain dominance. Fruity, but also with plenty of spice, nuts and woody notes, which are increasingly strong, the malt gradually fades out. Pleasant smoke (again with smoked aromas) and a slight bitterness on the palate complete the finish.

  19. Hvdree scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  20. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Lorion scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Simple but good! 83!
    • Nose
      Sherry and smoke. Something of intense, without being alcoholic.
    • Taste
      Also in the mouth the alcohol is super integrated. Again, you have a great combination of sherry and smoke. Spicy goodies.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, fruity and sweet.

  22. Hemdl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    For 10 years really recommendable. A beautiful, powerful malt with all sorts of flavors. Very good entry into the range of Benromach.
    • Nose
      Very unusual, slightly sourish smoke. The alcohol is noticeable as a cooling, slightly minty note without really disturbing. After a few minutes in the glass, distinct sherry notes blend into the omnipresent honey and light wax. The sour note is now gone and the nose harmonizes. A few spicy aromas are now there as well as a light roasted aroma. Enjoyable!
    • Taste
      Strong start. Immediately, the slightly sour touch is back, which dissolves relatively quickly in cold smoke and sourish fruit notes. Then it gets sweeter and more pleasing, the sherry takes over and red berries, caramel and light oak dominate the picture.
    • Finish
      Strong, long finish. For just 10 years really amazing. Here, too, spicy oak notes, mixed with a few red fruits, but which show only briefly. Then the smoke takes over and a slightly dry mouthfeel remains.

  23. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  24. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky for the price. 
    • Nose
      Stewed fruit, maple, dark honey, glazed ham, a whiff of sweet smoke, an underlying citrus note. 
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy, and very faintly smokey arrival. Red fruit, dark honey, spice, citrus, maple, oak. Slightly drying. 
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, and spicy. Maple and oak and the faintest smoke. 

  25. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    And again a successful release from the updated line of Benromache, it's just a holiday of some sort, simpler than 15, less sherry, but at the expense of power and pressure gains points, somewhere in between between 10 and 15 summer releases, but they all came out good, not I can say that, for example, you can take 15 and close the topic, no, each is interesting in its own way and deserves to be represented in the collection along with the brothers, respect the Benromache team.
    • Nose
      Restrained, wet, raw wood, raisins, cigar box, pipe tobacco, lemon zest, leather goods, pickled cucumbers, dried mushrooms, dog wool.  
    • Taste
      Oily, powerful, sweet-raisin in the frame of lemon peel and fresh oak, lemon pepper, creamy notes, orange marmalade.
    • Finish
      Dense, warming, quince, raisins, slightly astringent persimmon, creamy confectionery notes, jam from orange peels, lemon zest.

  26. Wiz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. Wiz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A nice malt. You should give him some time in the glass. For a ten-year-old he is very voluminous, which I like very much. And he clearly benefits by adding water
    • Nose
      Campfire, cold smoke. At the beginning he is very closed. With a little water, it opens after a few minutes. Caramel, dark toast, vanilla. Very malty. Some hazelnut. Very light heather notes. Peppermint also very weak.
    • Taste
      Very spicy. Black pepper. Campfire smoke. It gets sweeter with time. Slowly, light sherynotes come through. Very strong again the caramel. Dark honey. Then I have "Bavarian Blockmalzbonbons". Some oak. Some leather. Something fruit, but I can not really identify.
    • Finish
      Medium long with sweet caramel. A beautiful salivation begins.

  28. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet and smoky. Smoked ham, peat, caramel, prune, malt, mint and cranberry. With water more malt and some citrus.
    • Taste
      More malty and spicy. Peat ash, cranberry and smoked sausage.
    • Finish
      Peat, caramel, cherry and smoked meat.

  29. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/benromach-10-yo-100-proof-57-vol-ob-2015/

  30. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  31. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    darker than the regular benromach 10, a different beast on its own, like the difference between springbank 10 and 12 cask strength
    • Nose
      dark fruits, dark charred wood, dark honey, dark grass, vanilla, citrus, sugars, oranges
    • Taste
      dark fruits, black sugar, citrus, pepper, citrus peel, coffee, light grass, wood
    • Finish
      medium, dark fruits, roasted sugars, citrus, grains, malty dark sugared fruits at the back

  32. Arquebus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Hugely competent whisky...! My bottle was opened 5 months ago last November. It's been sat shoulder to shoulder on the shelf with some very good companions - Black arts, Kilchomans and other Speysiders twice the price or twice its age - and it measures up well - always a pleasure to quaff.... Conventional wisdom says: drink full on peated Islay whiskies last... 

    However, having just tasted the Port Askaig 100% peated - I opted to break with tradition and reach for the Benromach. It really stands up well to the peat monster.... fighting back with its sherried, sweet, some earthiness/ damp cask that just tips over into a delicate nuttiness.... oozing presence. Also, slightly fusile, rich, oily - but also perfumed, and more classic sherried notes. More vibrant, nuanced and subtle than many of the A'Bunadhs I've tried - but with equal oomph!

    Ding Dong!!!

  33. Dyno scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    solid dram with some serious sherry influence in the mix
    very very drinkable whe diluted  :)
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Probably one of the best 10 year olds; and he looks much older too. Rather old-fashioned than precocious, almost early. And the scents and flavors can be perfectly adjusted with water to your own preferences.
    • Nose
      Very strong, slightly smoky, towards Selchrauch. You notice the alcohol. And the bourbon barrels. With some water, of course, "softer", less alcohol. More fruit in the nose, is sherry now too?
    • Taste
      Comes very strong in the mouth. The alcohol is strongly felt, as well as the Selchrauch. A little later, the oak comes. The second time also "leather flavors" to taste; looks much older than 10 years. Naturally, much softer with water and more sherry notes. The smoke is less present, it now takes on a salty note.
    • Finish
      Medium to long finish, the oak becomes stronger, the smoke weaker. A very interesting "bourbon monster". With water, a slightly shorter finish, the oak is and still remains noticeable.

  35. MisterMo scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This blindfold is a chameleon. Fruity, sour notes, spicy and tart woody notes, freshness, everything is there. For me, this gnome is hard to define. Idiosyncratic, but very interesting and delicious.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Dark berries mix with a slightly wooden note. Somehow there is a subtle smoke behind the slightly sour fruit aroma. Slightly greasy hints? Mint? The nose is hard for me to define, sour and yet sweet fruit, oranges and mandarins, fresh and slightly grassy. The alcohol shows up, but is integrated harmoniously.
    • Taste
      The first sip is immediately dominated by tart and spicy wood tones. Again, tart and sweet fruit notes are present, the first sip leaves a harsh "old" impression on the tongue. With the second sip, a pinch of coffee powder and slight pungency spread on the tongue. Now, a hint of pepper comes into its own, berries and grapes end up again in this bowly and spicy woody aroma. Wet leaves and walnut aroma are produced.
    • Finish
      Herb and nutty begins the departure. Chubby warm, the finish now exudes a very pleasant mouthfeel. an indefinable spice now dominates the finish. Slowly the finish sounds like an old walnut aroma and wet leaves.

  38. TheWhiskyAgent scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    This version noses quite dense and concentrated in comparison (thanks Captain Obvious @57%) to the regular 10. Starts with some honeyed barley, maple sirup and stewed fruit. The parma ham is present but not as strong, vegetable stock and umami. A light floral note as well. Again some sweet arrival and full body but the alcohol is a little strong to detect anything else. Let’s add some water. A lot lighter now with Vanilla, Fudge, Mirabelles accompanied by their flowers. Honey on barley toast (seriously!!!), Sunflower oil, asparagus stock this time and just a tiny bit of smoke left. The ham went back to Italy it seems… Almost gooey texture now (ahaa thats what they call waxy!!!), sweet, some more oak from the cask. Medium long finnish with my beloved taste of dunnage warehouse (is it just me that loves this?) but hardly any smoke this time. Less complex than the regular 10 year old. I prefer that one in most aspects.

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