BenRiach 20 Year Old (2017)

The BenRiach 20 Years is the oldest expression in the flagship range (the 25 Years and 35 Years are seen as premium expressions). I’ve always had a sweet spot for this whisky, let’s try a recent batch.

Previous bottlings had a white label with blue illustrations. The new version (introduced this year?) is dark blue with gold lettering, but most shops are still selling the old one.



BenRiach 20 YearsBenRiach 20 yo
(43%, OB +/- 2017)

Nose: light and elegant. Full of aromatic fruits, pineapple, tangerines, apricot, as well as juicy apples and plums. It also has a nice layer of polished oak, vanilla, frangipane and cardamom. Hints of heather honey and wild flowers. It’s not that far from the excellent 1970s whiskies from this distillery.

Mouth: same juicy fruitiness (apples, plums, oranges, pink grapefruit) with elegant oak and a floral top note. Vanilla cream. More nutty notes towards the end, say almonds and walnuts. A slightly woody touch too.

Finish: long, oaky, fairly sweet and spicier.

I guess this BenRiach 20 Years is mostly influenced by some fragrant American oak. It works well with the fruity spirit. I like it very much, and it’s relatively affordable: around € 100. I’ve only seen this batch at The Whisky Exchange while Master of Malt is out of stock.

Score: 88/100