BenRiach Peated Cask Strength - Batch 1

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Quarter casks and Oloroso
56.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
30 Mar 2017 4:25 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 68.68

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Peated Cask Strength - Batch 1

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.52 points

  1. the_muskox scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    It’s aight. As expected, the peat smoke is very clean and ashy, very much unlike an Islay. That’s not my particular cup of tea, though of course I’ve had excellent peated BenRiachs before. With a spirit-driven BenRiach like this, though, I’d much rather be drinking a similar Caol Ila. There are definitely good things going on in this dram: I dig the soft fruit and buttery notes, and the mouthfeel is nice. It got a lot more complex with water, too. Still, there are many other whiskies in this category I’d rather drink than this one.

    Nose: Light, clean peat. Ashy woodsmoke, hay, mud, suede, and a little bit of nori. Sweeter notes of pear, slivered almonds, and buttered popcorn. Icing-sugar-dusted funnel cake at a muddy fairground.
    A few drops of water, and there’s sweet malted barley, flowers, and toasted sesame seeds.

    Palate: Medium texture. Gentle sweet arrival with pear and honey, then develops softly to a haze of softwood smoke, soft woodsmoke, ash, and hay. Flamed orange peel and barley, with some clove and cardamom spice.
    Water brings out more citrus (pomelo) and cantaloupe, and the smoke gets sootier. An unexpected sulfur note also appears on the arrival.

    Finish: Medium-length. Ashy pine log campfire, buttered (slightly burnt) popcorn, almonds, green grapes, and mint.
    The water adds more tart green grape and a bit of chalk.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not very complex and you notice in places but the youth, but all in all, not a bad whisky, which I would like to pour.
    • Nose
      What a caramel bomb, Werther's pure, the smoke is subtly present with a spicy touch, fir resin, slightly floral, but the caramel kills everything, some salt, with time, the smoke is more intense
    • Taste
      In the mouth, it starts slightly spicy and with a good dose of smoke, sweet, he screams quasi ex-bourbon barrel, caramel, vanilla and also some light fruit in the background, which I can not more accurately assign
    • Finish
      the aftertaste is drier with smoke that clings to the palate, and the caramel is still there

  3. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. fnk scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A barrel, which is already good, but I will not say that I liked it very much ... average ..

  5. CXEDDY scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-10-2021.

  7. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      charcoal oak
      salted caramel
    • Taste
      earthy and smoky
      white pepper
    • Finish
      numbness of the tongue

  9. Maccin scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    An ordinary good drinkable whisky, nothing special. Beautiful golden brown whisky color in a slightly dull brown tube. Neat sweet whisky if you like that. Not something specific, there are better Olorosso drinkers. The Peat flavor falls a bit away from the strong caramel notes.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Smells strongly of caramel, butterscotch / vanilla, roasted apples and
      a bit spicy, small hint Peat but in my opinion far too little.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Moderately strong alcohol in the mouth, can take a drop of water. Fairly sweet taste from the caramel and vanilla. Slightly fruity apple flavor.
    • Finish
      80 80
      That caramel flavor lingers for a long time

  10. Krisvdb scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior


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