Benromach 10 years old – whisky review

Benromach 10

Another whisky of the year in Ralfy’s ranking. I love his way of transferring knowledge. In 2014, it was his malt of the year. I have to admit, that for me such a recommendation was enough to hunt for Benromach 10. I’ll pour some immediately and I’m gladly going to share my insights about it.

Benromach 10

Benromach means „Shaggy Mountain”

Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Region: Speyside

10 years old

43% alcohol by volume

Slightly peated, approx. 10 PPM

A mixture of 80% bourbon barrels and 20% sherry casks, in which the distillate has aged for 9 years. Then the whole had been transferred into first-fill oloroso sherry casks for a year.


Color: amber slightly falling into copper

Nose: sherry, vanilla, wood, fresh walnut (together with green shell – straight from the tree), butterscotch, anise, Galia melon, fresh cucumber, hay and hot asphalt. Alcohol is quite well hidden. 21/25

Palate: dried plums, raisins, marzipan, peach, grapefruit, ash, vanilla, burnt caramel, dried dates, ripe pears, a bit of smoke, oregano, buckwheat honey. Alcohol is better hidden than in the aroma. 21/25

Finish: ripe peach, dried plums, wood, honey, vanilla, toffee, sherry. Surprisingly long for a chill-filtered whisky. By the way … very pleasant. 22/25

Balance: well balanced whisky. You can feel the influence of sherry and good quality bourbon barrels. Completes a bit of peat smoke, which harmonizes beautifully with the whole. Minus 1 point for chill-filtration. 20/25

Overall: 84/100

Generally speaking, this is a good, solid whisky. It could have been blown my mind if it was my first single malt. But it’s quite a while since I became seriously interested in the „water of life”. I honestly admit that today this Benromach made a positive impression on me, but not as much as I expected. It’s a little bit similar to Springbank 10, but… it’s not yet that level.

Other opinions

whiskyfun (2017): 88/100

Ralfy (2015): 89/100

Price: around EUR 50

Fully recommended

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