BenRiach 10 Years Old

Tasty Tastings Episode 25

I was rather excited when BenRiach announced the introduction of the BenRiach 10 Years Old as the cornerstone of their range. Now, I wouldn’t get too overly excited about a new 10 years old standard expression in general but this one is a pretty special one: according to their official statement, it is the first core range expression to be created predominantly from whiskies distilled at BenRiach since a consortium around Billy Walker took over the distillery back in 2004.

Not long ago, I already reviewed another 10 years old Benriach, namely the BenRiach 10th Anniversary Bottling. However, that one was solely matured in ex-bourbon barrels (and was bottled at 46.0% ABV), whereas this expression is matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry casks.


BenRiach 10 Years Old

BenRiach 10 Years Old









Name: BenRiach 10 Years Old
Bottled: 2015
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: BenRiach
Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks
Strength: 43.0% Vol.
Colored: No
Chill Filtered: No


A whole pile of custard in the front, combined with a soft, fresh fruitiness – pears, peaches and apricots. Stem ginger. Some gold kiwi fruits for an added citric touch. Hints of cherry blossoms and mint. All rounded off by barley sugar.


Warming yet light. A harmonious interplay between Granny Smiths and toasted oak. Then cacao powder, peaches and some anise. Hints of lemon zest.


Rather medium than long. Becomes increasingly drier with a touch of barley sugar.


Nicely uncomplicated.

Score: 84 / 100


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