BenRiach Authenticus 25 Year

Peated Single Malt

Benriach // Speyside, Scotland

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  1. alaca

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Delicious. Muted peat, but rich, round.
  2. LeeEvolved

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I decided to open a well-aged whisky in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2018. I’ve been struggling to drink through some subpar bottles I’ve opened since the early fall, so I made a mental note to drink better whisky in the coming year. So, I reached for this 25 year old BenRiach. This one is called Authenticus and it is supposed to be a peated offering. I bought this bottle several years ago thinking it would turn into an investment- I’ve read several mediocre reviews and that has actually driven the asking price slightly lower. I paid $380 and it can be had for closer to $325-350 if you can find it. It’s bottled at 46% and makes thin, oily legs in the Glencairn. It’s rich gold in color. The nose was initially sweet tea and caramel. There was a very light peat, but no smoke. After 25-30min I got a thick, fudge note that permeated the entire nosing. The palate was toffee, vanilla and sweet tea again, but it was ridiculously harsh for the ABV and the age. Earthy peat was left hanging around the corners of your mouth by mid sip. It also was hot and dry. The finish stayed hot with serious oak tannins and leather. The dryness lingered. Overall, this was a very disappointing dram- initially... Fast forward 3 weeks and I’m down to the last 4-5oz. I gave myself a hearty pour and was immediately smacked in the face with peat and smoke. The harshness was gone and it is a dramatically different dram. Oxidation really cured this whisky’s early ills. It went from a 2.5 star dram to a 4-4.25 one. If you buy a bottle or a dram at a bar make sure you give it some time or make sure the bottle has been opened awhile. The fresh bottle may not be your friend. I still don’t think it’s worth the $300+ asking price. I’m going to grade this one based on the last of the bottle, though. 4 stars. Cheers.
    380.0 USD per Bottle
  3. whiskal

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  4. ssieni

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    pehmeä, maukas ja herkullinen
    250.0 EUR per Bottle
  5. meme

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  6. TheSamDavies

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A nice balance of sweet and savory. An aroma that is fairly traditional to Speyside though a tad exotic too. Dried chilies, dry peat, powdered dark chocolate, sweet malt, and Demerara sugar. The palate serves up a lot of the same. Dried chilies, chocolate mole, bitter sweet chocolate, aquamarine minerals, and a bit of liquid smoke. Exotic but perhaps not as complex as you may expect from a 25yr old whisky. Though this is yummy through and through. A nice dram for dessert.
  7. PBMichiganWolverine

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I went to one of those inter-city high schools. You know, like the type that have metal detectors on all the entry doors, and glass on the football fields. The type where the gym teacher got arrested for selling drugs to his students. The type where kids smoke marijuana in the bathrooms. I can recognize marijuana smell like a bloodhound after those 4 years of training. This here smells just like that. With a touch of honey. Marijuana with honey. Wondering if it’s just my batch ( a sample purchased from The Whisky Exchange) that came here to NJ from the U.K. via some farmacy in Colorado? Either way, it’s pretty good. Taste? Not bad...less marijuana , more honey and fruits. Brings back memories of high school and Amsterdam’s coffee houses.
  8. Michael-Genkin

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  9. Scott_E

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Quick hit: Smokey honey on a spoon. [Whiskyfest 17]
  10. swamiswat

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Splendid Excellent value when purchased a bottle in 2016 for $150
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