BenRiach 1994

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask Bottling
Stated Age
22 years old
Bourbon Barrel (Peated)
Number of bottles
54.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Germany Germany
Added on
07 nov 2016 2:51 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 88.17 points.

  1. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For 22 years maturing quite weak. Probably a previously often filled barrel
    • Nose
      88 88
      Alcohol stings initially strong in the nose, light smoke (iodine), restrained sweetness, asparagus, good interaction of smoke and sweetness, no real complexity
    • Taste
      86 86
      Alcohol in the beginning, light sweetness, tingling of the oak on the tongue, oily texture, no bitterness
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length, delicate oak, light smoke

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  3. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Two smoky single cask in comparison: Bourbon Barrel 240888 VS. Hogshead 240886
    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. Thoughts are raised here 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. With ripe apple and pear. Instead, a little farm surrounded by lemongrass obscures the notes. 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 is full-bodied and the peat smoke is moist, grassy and medicinally dominant. Immediately spicy oak on the tongue, the ginger becomes spicy. Then dried fruits with lime grass 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! Thought: “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. He still convinced me and is happy to give him an 87.
    • Finish
      Medium to long due to the salty notes, it has a drying effect for a long time with this oak spice and this special smoke. 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 new one. 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

    well balanced nose, fruity peat if that makes sense, you immediately know that it should be great whisky.... nice smoky vanilla in the mouth, fruits, some pepper ends in a long finish, nice one :)

    Official tasting notes:
    Colour: Fresh, pale gold
    Nose: Dried apricot, pineapple and fresh barley engulfed by waves of burning heather and intriguing hints of floral oak spices.
    Taste: Fantastic campfire roasted orchard fruits and warm toasted oak spices
    explode on the palate giving a unique combination of rich peat smoke and
    candy apples.


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