BenRiach 22-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Finished in Moscatel Casks
Stated Age
22 years old
Moscatel Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Nov 2016 12:33 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 213.29

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 22-year-old

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.42 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Very voluminous, heavy and multifaceted. The varied game of sweet fruit notes and "heavy" aromas fascinates me immediately. Within less than half an hour, I was able to recognize the following associations: sweet fruits, plums, dates, raisins, figs, juicy oranges, grapefruit (slightly acidic), burnt caramel crust of crème brûlée, milk chocolate, spicy oak, cinnamon, delicate herbal notes and Marzipan. The different flavors are very harmoniously interwoven and exude a high degree of maturity and elegance.
    • Taste
      Beautifully oily and silky soft, the BenRiach wets the entire oral cavity. A pleasant sweetness runs along the tongue, while on the tip of the tongue a minimal Pfeffrigkeit sets in and causes a subtle tingle. The alcohol content (46%) is very well integrated and always gives the vulominous malt sufficient strength. Sweet fruits (cherries), overripe peaches, grapefruit (again slightly sour), dates, raisins, plenty of dark chocolate with dark hints, dark forest honey, caramel, some leather and spicy oak notes emerge. The spicy oak intensifies and causes a slight dryness on the palate. The complexity to be anticipated during nosing continues seamlessly in terms of taste. Very beautiful!
    • Finish
      Long, voluminous and warming. The sweet fruits as well as the dates, figs and plums finally sparkle with a nice intensity, before the chocolaty and spicy notes gain more and more dominance. Nuts, various spices and wood flavors let the Malt finish prudently. On the palate remains a slight dryness and minimal bitterness.

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really really good. Absolutely my case. A dreamlike nose is rewarded with an equal palate. 91 points.
    • Nose
      The nose is typical sherry. I would have even bet on PX. Raisins, figs, plums. Very cute. A little aromatic oak. A herbal mix flashes briefly. Leather is becoming increasingly fermented fruit. It is also becoming increasingly herbaceous. Cocktail cherries.
    • Taste
      Full. Sparkling sweetness. The oak now spices properly. Chocolate, raisins. Leather. Dried oranges, some mulled wine. The taste suggests a delicate bitterness. Pineapple.
    • Finish
      Sweet and fruity. Milk coffee and pineapple. Some plum.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a really delicious malt, which is so ripe and voluminous that its finish never seems to be put on. However, the ambitious price is sometimes higher than that of the Ben Riach 25 and I personally prefer this older one.
    • Nose
      90 90
      a wonderful scent of sweet dates, oranges and apricots, fruity, strong acid forms a nice counterpart to sweetness, oak gives the whole volume, mint and chocolate - everything perfectly balanced, very tasty, seductive - fantastic
    • Taste
      90 90
      it runs gently on the tongue, no alcohol to be felt, oak mildly aromatic, sweetness spreads - plums with cinnamon, apricot jam, again oak with tree sap and slightly cooling on the tongue, light coffee notes, apricots and again oak
    • Finish
      89 89
      slightly cooling mint is on the tongue, oak is clearly noticeable - but not dry, salivation

  4. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Just great, complex Malt, which is the age to note, but remains extremely elegant.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Grapes, honey, sweet spicy oak, boiled grape jelly with a tiny dash of tonka bean, licorice, including freshly cut, ripe juicy red apples, a hint of cloves is also there.
    • Taste
      91 91
      "Fresh sweetness" (think of squeezed fresh sugar cane), wildflower honey, a summer meadow flowers splendor conserved in alcohol, viscous wax, fruit gums in oily form. I like that as a Clynelish fan immensely!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very harmonious, long finish with a balanced interplay of sweetness that keeps your mouth watering and dryness, the great fruity waxy aromas continue for a while. The wood is soft as butter.

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wow, struggling to disassemble and analyze, he came to me well but not very well. The moment I just gave him his room and enjoyed it without much thought, he first developed his quality. An incredible mouthfeel that I have rarely experienced so far!
    • Nose
      Sweet and heavy, fermented pear, slightly sour, milk chocolate, grated orange peel, like a dessert yoghurt cream, spicy notes, some oak, slightly woody, freshly made espresso, but the fruit notes are clearly dominant
    • Taste
      oily yet supple, a fruity sweetness, again with oranges and yellow fruit, pear and peach, fruit acidity, vanilla, creamy, tingling, intense, comes slowly dryness from the oak, a great mouthfeel, the 46% fit here very good, then the oak will hit right
    • Finish
      dry, dry, as if chewed fruit, grape skin, as a counterpart, although reduced, still the sweetness, slightly nutty, quite long and pleasant

  6. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An extraordinary Benriach. Very unique and for those who love fruity whiskies with a twist; this is for you.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Subdued at first, earthy and brooding. Fresh mushrooms, black pepper, and bubbly grape juice. Rather soft overall, and very reminiscent of cognac.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very perfumed, overtly fruity arrival. I must say I have not encountered a more pronounced mixture of raspberry, plum, and blackberry yet. Furthermore, a big infusion of tea leafs and sweetened lime orange juice.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium. Departs almost with a sensation of carbonated drinks. Blood oranges, mild caramel, and sweet tannins.

  7. Othorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    A very good Sherrymalt, the somewhat generic Notes do him wrong, he is just very prototypical. He screams Glenfarclas, 46%, or just 43%. 25 years, rather refill sherry. And delicious.
    • Nose
      Beautiful sherry notes, dried fruit, a slightly sour fruitiness, strong, but nicely integrated oak, I type Refill. Clean mature sherry nose.
    • Taste
      Fruit in the mouth, but not very sweet, beautiful dry oak, cloves, pepper, spices.
    • Finish
      The finish is characterized by dry sherry and tart oak, dark chocolate.

  9. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 82 points Moderator

    It's amazing what rates 100 these days. If this is a new benchmark of what a great whisky is the world is indeed going to hell in a hand-basket.

    I can understand why some would like this as it is not a bad dram, but for $320cnd (regular retail price which I didn't not pay, thank goodness), it's fools gold. IMHO. It's way over priced for what it is.

    From nose to finish it really feels like the favours are all stunted to a degree.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Faint and thin dark fruit, not too much else that really jumps out and somewhat underwhelming. It's a real struggle ti get much on the noise.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Muted dried fruits and quite bitter. Almost no sweetness, not that I look for it it just seems to be missing to some degree. I also found it kinda thin on the mouth, I may have expected too much based on many that stated a "thick mouth" feel, but not for me with this.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Dry fruits and drying bitterness that lingers. I found the bitterness just too long with not much else to counter the off notes of this.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I really struggled with this one and it re enforces my general opinion that wine finishes are something I should stay away from.
    • Nose
      73 73
      I detect very little on the nose with this apart from a little black currant?
      This is really closed after a little time there is some ripe plum and jam notes but its one dimensional in some respects.
    • Taste
      82 82
      There is a battle from the start between the sweet dark fruits and a drying bitterness.
      The bitterness is really noticeable to me but I am sensitive to bitterness in whisky.
      There is a mass of dark fruits and some mulled wine notes and the sweetness is trying to get out but is pegged back by something
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish has a sweet tail but again the drying slight bitterness spoils everything


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