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Benromach 10 Year Old (Old Bottling)

(70cl, 43%)

Benromach 10 Year Old (Old Bottling)

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Benromach 10 (Old) Bottling Note

The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Dry, barley, big on malt and oak. Dry pine, fruity. A tad spirity. Sweet spices after a time and a hint of puckering prune from the sherry cask and maple fudge.

Palate: Barley, slightly herbal, a little fruit, grassy. Big on malt, ground ginger.

Finish: Mouthwateringly bittersweet. Ginger, dry sherry, almost hoppy after a while.

Overall: A great whisky, its maturity belies its 10 years of age and the sherry finish has done wonders.

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Benromach 10 Year Old (Old Bottling) Reviews

Love it.

Surprisingly smooth. Wasn’t expecting that of a 10 yr old.

28th August 2020

Highly recommended

Great 10 year old whisky. I actually preferred it to the 15. I felt the 10 had plenty of flavour and the 15 was a bit too much... like when you over-stew a cup of tea!! There’s a definite unique smell / taste to Benromach, which instantly reminded me of the distillery tour.

18th June 2020


Agree with other reviewers. Not an easy whisky but a very good whisky. Peat notes are very strong to my palate and if I'd tasted it blind I would have said 'A non age statement Talker?' Oddly, it reminds me of Ardbeg Uigeadail. Sherry and Peat combined

24th April 2020

Good quality 10yr old.

I sampled the Benromach in my city centre pub and I have to say it was a lovely Dram not to powerful on the nose and the smokeness might be the best I've had in a while.

7th March 2020

Strong Flavours

A sherry,smoky,liquorice dram here.Not everyones flavour profile choice,but overall for a 10 year old,its rather complex and rather good!!

3rd February 2020

A very mature 10 year old

Those who have rated this whisky a 4.. are spot on. Though let me make it clear, this is not just any 4.. this is a strong 4.. a special 4 as this whisky deserves. But it can't go beyond 4 because of its flaws, yet.. ironically, it is the flaws that earn it a .. "special" 4.

This whisky is like a "young" at heart Grampa. He isn't a perfect individual but he's likeable, perhaps loveable and has heart. And while he might be all the above, he isn't the most "out there old guy"... he's calm, relaxed, interesting enough but not terribly so to make you always want to revisit him day after day, but when you do, you have to slow down to his pace to see just what he's all about and appreciate it. That is this whisky.

You must slow down with this whisky and not come into the event with huge expectations, and then, it will surpass your expectations interestingly enough.

It is a quality product, perhaps the best 10 year old matured whisky I've ever tried. There is no sign of youth in it whatsoever, it is more like a 12 year old, possibly all the way up to a 14 year old matured scotch.

It is lovely, with sherry undertones and smoky overtones. It is beautifully balanced with a dry and gorgeous finish. The finish on this whisky takes centre stage.. it is long and satisfying.

I will warn you there is a slight soapy taste most prevalent in the mid palate, but not in a bad way, at least not to me. This 10 also gets better as it stands. So the key word with a bottle like this is, "take your time", be patient, slow down to its pace and you will be greatly rewarded with the deliciousness that is Benromach 10.

An addendum:

Unlike distilleries that are absolutely horrendous to their customers (like Balvenie and Tomatin) who and only care about the $$ (and let's face it, don't make great young to mid aged whisky to boot) .. Benromach on the other hand, care about their customers satisfaction and stature to their routes and that reflects their quality.

Highly recommended!

18th November 2019

the biggest bang for your buck

A whisky that has it all. Sweetness, complexity, long taste and a subtle mix of smoke and peat. All of that for 40 euro's.

28th February 2019

Cambridge Whisky Nut Says:

Disclaimer: Not a whisky for beginners. This is not a glenfiddich/glenlivet style Speyside malt. It isn't easy going, mellow, fruit bomb. What it is: For the more experienced malt lovers, this is the most sublime Speyside malt at this age bar none. Slightly peaty (though not much), fruity, rich (and is it ever!), and incredibly complex for its age. Has a very good balance between richness and sour. One to let open up in the glass for 10-15 minutes before delving into, and one to nose for a long time. If you like the complexity of fruit, toffee, and some herbal notes, you can't be disappointed. Simply the best at this age for Speyside.

11th February 2019

Incredibly complex for a 10 year. Rich and full bodied yet clean.

There were a few to choose from but I'm so glad I went for this. Having tried many malts in the past this ranks right up there. It's everything - rich full bodied with a taste of salted cured meat, fudge/toffee, Bovril, a slight tinge of sherried sweetness, and all enveloped in graceful smoke. It has the clean, crispness of Glengoyne 15. On some sips it's like an Islay, on others a Spey. Seriously - you'll be so glad you bought this one.

29th December 2018

Best bang for ur buck....PERIOD.

Delicious! Best bang for ur buck period. Sweet, fruity, spicy and that like hit of smoke to put it over the top.

27th December 2018

Way peaty, or I got bad bottle

To me it is VERY heavy on the peaty side, hardly mentioned in any reviews. Did I get a bad bottle? Not pleasant to me at all. If you like peaty this is it.

25th December 2018

Delightful, pleasant and enjoyable to taste.

A whiskey that is pleasant to the palate, warming and tasteful with the sherry cask influence, yet still retaining the Speyside peat. For me a glorious whiskey that is sinful if missed.

28th November 2018

The HP 12 of speyside

Great whisky when you want a little bit of everything. Sherry, but not too much, a little hint of peat smoke but nothing like Islay. If you like Highland Park 12 you will appreciate this too.

1st November 2018

Just awful

Found this to be virtually undrinkable. Very rough and unpleasant in the mouth, even when taking a very small sip. Certainly the worst whisky I have tasted. Makes Bells look sophisticated.

23rd October 2018

Beautiful well rounded scotch

The Benromach 10 is a very approachable well balanced combination of bourbon casks and Oloroso sherry casks with a mildly peated spirit that is not overpowering but adds another layer of complexity.

Just like his big brother the more pronounced 100 proof this is also a complex luscious and balanced mix of creamy vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, the slightly savory smoke of bonfire ember and bbq which over time develops beautifully into aromas and flavors of roasted fresh coffee beans, nuts and a hint of salted caramel.
This has a beautiful nose on it like the 100 proof and if you let it rest and breathe a bit the hint of savory smoke of bonfire embers and bbq will develop into freshly roasted coffee beans, nuts and salted caramel.

The Benromach 10 is bottled at 43%, it is also non-chill filtered and non-colored just as traditionally distilled whisky is supposed to be. Independent bottler and owner of Benromach Distillery Gordon & MacPhail treated this spirit with respect and it is a rewarding one for people who love and enjoy a good whisky.

No need for water in this whisky here it is very well matured in good casks, though it can take a drop of water, which changes the complexity, because it is bottled at 43% and non-chill filtered for a fuller flavor profile.

Very special and unique indeed.

26th July 2018

The most amazing Scots whiskey ever!!

Tried a good variety of Scots whiskey... 209 from Soeyside, highlands, lowlands and all the islands... Thus is pure gold... You can taste the organic quality, the maltiness... Butter scotch and full malt roundness

5th July 2018

Best sipping whiskey I've tried in years

Incredible whiskey!! One of THE top drams of Speyside and it's distillery is something to be highly proud of!! Full of malty honey and green apple delight!!

11th May 2018


This one is like heaven on earth. I'm not a heavy-peated fan, but this whisky has a bit of everything. Sweet, salty, sherry, peat (a little). And for this price, paid less than 30 euro's! Very good!

11th April 2018

Pretty neat

One of the best scotches I ever tasted. It sure deserves World Whiskies award.

9th April 2018

Cracking whisky for the price

Just bought my second bottle of this for
less than £30. Absolute steal at that price. For me one of the nicest whiskies I have had full stop and certainly out of a similar age statement.

27th January 2018

very tasty

Fresh, fruit, salty (liquorish) and a little peat. Very special!

25th January 2018

Real Speyside?

I can only presume the reviewer below somehow had a bad bottle or their mouth chemistry was off kilter! Very good on initial aquaintance; well balanced, complex and an interesting mix of expected Speyside and a smoky otherness...the pre 1970s taste?

12th November 2017

Not Good

Just opened a bottle of this and I am regrettably going to describe it as “vile”

Considering what G&M’s considerable talent can achieve with others spirit, it’s astonishing that what I’ve just poured produced from their own Distillery is of such poor quality.

14th October 2017

Thumbs up

Absolutely beautiful very smooth but also has a strong whisky flavour

12th October 2017


Probably one of the finest single malts out there, great price, smooth and delicious flavour...a winner.

5th September 2017

Highland Park 12 Meets Tequila

Nose: smoke, tea, mushroom
Palate: malt, barley, green apple, lime, liquorice.
Finish: tequila (Agaves?), white pepper, herbs.

I don't know, but this scotch tastes like a cross-over of Highland Park 12 and gold tequila to me.

You can tell there are lots of effort and craft being put into this scotch; I wouldn't call this a cash grab or commercial e.g. Glenfiddich. But this crafty scotch isn't just for me with all these mushrooms, liquorice and Agaves going on.

It is still a very respectable scotch.

16th August 2017


By far my favourite speyside!
Its like an explosion of fruit juice!
best vale for money I've had!

29th July 2017


Incredible whiskey. Definitely best bang for your buck, but this statement doesn't do it justice because it's just so damn good. If you mixed the best parts of a Balvenie 15 single barrel (not the new sherry 15), Glendronach 12, with the faintest hint of peat like in Bunnahabhain 12. You'd probably get this. So good. Depending on my mood, I might almost prefer this to my beloved Springbank (probably not, but maybe...:;)

30th June 2017

Still Awesome

Just started my 2nd bottle of this and it is as excellent as I remember.

I'd concur with the notes above but add that it is more peaty and smokey than you may be expecting. Not Islay levels though.

I'm not sure if there is a better vfm scotch whisky out there at the minute. Keep keepin' it real MoM and Benromach :)

15th June 2017

Quality Speyside

One of the best entry level whiskies one can buy. Very well balanced, drinkable and affordable (around 40-45 euros here in Holland).

20th May 2017

46% please!!

I didn't enjoy this as much as everyone else it seems! I liked the unique earthy notes to it & the very mature sherry elements. I always feel like it's a cop out to bottle it shy of 46% .... maybe i've just been drinking too long!

1st November 2016

Excellent Stufff

One of the best I've tried. Like Glenfarclas, that dunnage/damp Earth note comes through and gives an immediate sense of class and quality. More peaty and smokey on the nose and finish than I would have thought but that's not a bad thing imo. Very well balanced, some red fruits and sherry notes but with a little water the vanilla and bourbon influence comes through. Nothing dominates but lots going on. I have paid more for less . . . well done Benromach

20th September 2016

Well done Benromach

I tried the heavy peated 10 year a while ago and found it to be very one dimensional but with this classic 10 year that is not the case.Definitely sherried but with a beautiful charred oak, scorched honey ,dry herbal finish.Not as fruity as some sherried whiskys but very complex for just 10 years old a quality bottle indeed very happy with this. The Sugarbear

4th September 2016

In the right realm

Very good overall. Close but not quite *there*. For me the finish was lacking, it is a little bitter at the end. The nose and initial palate feel like they're taking you on a familiar journey, but it doesn't quite close the loop. Good effort though, and a fair price as well, better than many in this range that I have tried so far.

17th August 2016


Damn this is good.......bloody good !!!!!!

10th April 2016

Perfect balance

This is not a 10y ..... Smooth, complex, well balanced and the list goes on... Skip the Hazelburn 12 and go straight for this, you`ll save and have a pretty similar experience.

Just go get it...

8th February 2016

Mr V. N. Varty

Being a pensioner and living in South Africa at an unbelievably dismal GBP exchange rate, Benromach 10 is not something I can routinely afford. It came to me by way of a special birthday gift. Having been a single malt lover for more than 30 years, I can honestly say that Benromach 10 is one of the best taste experiences I have ever had.
Vernon Varty
Cape Town

30th November 2015

Benromach 10 year old Cask Strength

Superb substitute for a birthday for which numbers no longer matter...who needs cake?

18th June 2015

Is this only 10y ?

So far, this has been the best "bang for the buck" whisky for me. If the label didn't state "10 years" i would've set it higher due to how long it lasts and its complexety. Perfect amount of smoke hits you at first, followed by sweet and malty notes that develops into a pleasant aftertaste. Leaves you wanting more. The magic of independent distilleries :)

15th June 2015

Cigar smoker man

Recommended by my local wine merchant (from whom I buy many cigars) as a good accompaniment for a good cigar. Is it? Yes. I like a smooth whisky that has no effect on the back of the throat. This is it - my new favorite whisky. May even be worth the long drive to the distillery to shake the hands of the 3 distilers. Only rated 9/10 as there might just be a better 10 YO out there.

rite whiskey

3rd June 2015

Remarkable stuff

For it's age the Ben 10 packs loads of nose, flavour, and lingering taste, so I agree with the MoM chaps. It's young and a tad fiery but, for the money, its one of the very best currently. You won't be wasting your money on this dram.

27th February 2015

Captain Bob idge

Good Day, I have been a whiskey drinker for many years, not an expert by any means, but I know what I like. I have tried many Malts and have found some poor, some adequate, others good as is bound to happen. However, this is the first time I have tried "Benromach" and it gives me pleasure to tell you that this is, without doubt the best I have tasted in my 40 years experienced. It is so smooth with a mellow taste and a afterglow that warms from the depths to every pore as it rises over the upper reaches of the body. I tried, as I have with other whiskeys, to down in one a double measure (uncouth) "Benromach" is the only one I ahve found that does not hurt. It flows and glows withe every drop. An indescribably pleasure to savoir.

4th February 2015

Just awesome

Incredible whisky - well done that distillery! Far more complex than its age and price-tag would have you believe.

29th January 2015

First Class

This is a superb whisky, it is just so well made. I would highly recomend it.

4th January 2015


Quality beverage. I can sip on this for eternity.

30th October 2014

My favourite go-to

I just cannot get enough of this stuff. Just the right balance of smoothness with a hint of smokiness. Easy drinking and a joy every time. On my 3rd bottle.

19th October 2014


Beautiful in every way

24th September 2014

A very nice whisky

I discovered this whisky on a whim, and what a fortunate accident. The nose has an exceptionally true malt feel, seriously true toasted malt, but that is a very nice part. Smooth, sweetness and a finish that is welcome to linger as long as it wants. So good I had to visit the distillery. It is a light whisky, it dances on the palate like wind on grass, and refreshes as it breezes through.

I did not see the organic on here... that is a unique whisky by this distillery.

1st August 2014

Superb 10yo

Gentle sherry and hints of peat in the nose. The palate is consistent with sherry and fruity notes .
Medium finish with dry sherry. Overall a superb 10yo, and the sherry finish is craftily done.

8th July 2014

Nice Surprise

Great dram for the price. Has to be one of the best 10 year olds out there

7th July 2014

A nice surprise !

-I had always thought of 10 as a bit on the young side, but this is a delight, not least as I am not a great fan of much peat(this has a bare hint) especially in the Summer months.....This however nicely balanced and -for my taste- a big improvemnet on the 'standard' Romach 12y.o.

31st March 2014


its so smokey hp 12 smoke and sweet like a glenfarlas its just smashing new fav and for the price unbeatable value

14th December 2013

Brilliant workmanship

This really is one of the most enjoyable 10 y.o. Speyside whiskies out there. The combination of smoke and sherry is handled expertly and, considering that it is from Speyside's smallest distillery, the level of quality here is simply amazing. Better than most of its peers. A must-try for all Speyside lovers.

29th July 2013

Benromach 10 y.o.

This is really a good single malt. It is hard to believe that it is only 10 y.o. I will surely by myself another bottle as soon as possible.

5th October 2012

A really good 10 y.o.

On my scotlandtour this summer i decided to by myself a really good scotch single malt. I went to a whisky shop and tried a lot of samples. As my first choise I bougt this Benromach. It was delicous, and all the scottich men around me recommended this. It is absolutely the best 10 y.o. single malt I have ever tried. I love it. Love from Norway.

5th October 2012

A malty gem

First real whisky I ever bought. To be honest it's my favourite Speyside distillery. Unlike most distillers who make substandard expressions of their generally good whisky, Benromach's expressions and varieties are amazing (albeit I haven't tried them all). Infact I'd even say that this is the worst of the ones I've tried, which is backwards because it's a wonderful dram!

31st January 2012

A Whisky convert!

I have never liked whisky but at the 2009 Good Food Show in Birmingham my sister encouraged me to have a taste and wow what a lovely drink! It's smooth almost sherry like with a whisky kick - I'm now a complete convert, at least to Benromach Single Malt!

13th April 2010

Benromach 10

A lovely dram - one of the best 10 year olds I've tasted for a long time. More sherry on the nose than the colour would suggest and then a smooth mouth-coating fruity, smoky, spicy sensation that lingers for quite a while. Well worth a try!

10th April 2010

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