Benriach 1990
18 Year Old

70cl / 55.7%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Speciality Drinks Ltd
Benriach 1990 / 18 Year Old
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Our previous bottling of Benriach picked up a Silver Medal at the Malt Maniacs Awards 2008, and this one, although slightly younger, shares a lot of the same qualities and has a bit more fire in its belly. A tremendous dram.

Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd
Series
Single Malts of Scotland
Age
18 Year Old
Vintage
1990
Bottling Date
Oct 2008
No of Bottles
194
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside
Cask Number
138100
Chill Filtered
No

Benriach 1990 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Tim F

    N: Honey initially, with wet turf in the background.  Some orangey citrus notes developing, with the fruit becoming more exotic with aeration.  A pleasant earthiness, and some blackberry, apple and briar aromas emerge later.  A silky malt presence throughout.  Eventually some creamy chocolatey notes appear.  Extremely promising.

    P: As with the nose, sweetness first - then a big surge of peat.  Immensely powerful presence in the mouth, with bonfire smoke, honey and a lot of pepper and hot spices jostling for attention.  A real maelstrom of flavours.

    F: Long, long, lingering warmth, with the smoke alternating between coal and wood, and the spices rattling along nineteen-to-the-dozen on a bed of sweet malt.

    C:  You can probably tell that I like this one a lot.  An epic dram.  It really beggars belief that Seagram managed to make such an arse of this distillery at a time when it was producing such tremendous spirit.  Thank God for the more enlightened new owners and management.  If they're sitting on a bunch of casks like this we are all in for a treat, and BenRiach will be re-established in the pantheon of the very best Speyside distilleries.

1 Customer Review

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  • 17 April 2009

    We tried this during last nights tasting. It was much less peaty and smoky than the tasting notes by Tim F suggests. Almost no peat and smoke at all actually. A bit of a dissappointment I must say, allthough it's still a nice enough malt.