BenRiach 1994

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling
Stated Age
22 years old
Hogshead (Peated)
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Germany Germany
Added on
07 nov 2016 2:50 pm by riesenwattwurm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199.00

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 1994

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.21 points.

  1. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

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  3. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Two smoky single cask in comparison: Hogshead 240886 VS. Bourbon barrel 240888
    What influence does the different barrel have on the smoke or new make over the years? Two times 22 years and twice the same spirit from the same house were bottled in 1994. I will also get the sister barrel from André. A big THANK YOU to André, who gave me one of these bottles for my birthday. I had long hoped for such an opportunity. Exciting story ... I'm looking forward to it ... even though I'm a non-smoker;)
    • Nose
      Opinions differ on the subject of smoke. Because the borrowed Benriach Torf Rauch makes both controversial. On the nose is not the flickering campfire in the evening in the summer wind, but rather the extinguished, wet embers the next morning. Fried vegetables are also in the air. Here thoughts are raised of the much discussed Benriach Peat Smoke, which many consider a bad copy. Now I realize why. It goes towards lemongrass and damp sheets. Just a hint of citrus vanilla. However, it looks more metallic compared to its sister barrel. A little less farm, instead notes carried by lemongrass. There is no apple or pear. Is the barrel type decisive here? If it is wanted, how is it managed? ..the years in the barrel? These questions go to Benriach or someone in the base who knows. With the Authenticus, the nose is completely different! Why is that?
    • Taste
      The texture appears thinner and the peat smoke is moist, grassy and medicinally dominant. Immediately spicy oak on the tongue, the ginger becomes spicy. Then lemongrass and moist grain notes. The citrus vanilla is somewhat disturbed by the chilli effect. Teasing tannins dance on the tongue. But nowhere is it disturbingly bitter or astringent. No missing grade. I am sure there are enough connoisseurs who are looking for exactly this scene (Talisker effect). In memory of the Authenticus25, however, I claim that this is too much for me. The 25 was also matured to the point = A DREAM! The same thought as with the sister barrel: “This 22 might have turned out to be a better 18.” It has to be this age between 15 and 22 when the wood makes itself over the spirit and then changes it accordingly. But he also convinced me and is happy to give him an 86.
    • Finish
      Long and warming with salty notes and this oak spice through the special smoke, the waves come back for a long time. The difference to the sister barrel is striking. Because the bourbon barrel keeps the new make alive and the texture has not suffered. It feels more mature and makes the better overall impression. I would opt for the "240888" when buying a later. Pretty clear. PS. What is noticeable that both glasses smell exactly the same for days after the tasting!

  4. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    nice smoky nose, wow, what a fiery storm in the mouth, did they move BenRiach distillery to Islay? would have never guessed that this is from the Speyside, mucho peat, maritime notes, you literally see the boats dancing in the harbour from the nasty storm.... long finish, not for the faint, but this is great if you like it hard & smoky... rock´n´roll in the glass

    Official tasting notes:
    Colour: Light golden straw
    Nose: A twist of lime runs through apricot syrup and yellow pears. Fresh oak
    adds a warm spice to freshly ground barley and sweet campfire peat
    Taste: Strong notes of sweet, concentrated peat flow through delicious baked
    autumn fruits. A dusting of vanilla and ground barley gives a sweet
    contrast to the earthy, smoky finish.


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