Blind Tasting Competition 9 – BenRiach 21 Authenticus, 46%

Another post to catch up on the one left missing. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste this one before I spotted what it was on our little forum at

I only tasted the Authenticus years ago after seeing it in The Whisky Bible by Mr. Sulphur. Back then, I didn’t know squat about whisky and his book was available. I took his 95 points as a guideline but upon tasting this dram I was heavily let down.

I didn’t do tasting notes back then, but I remember describing this as ‘the water you pour off string beans after cooking them in it’. That’s not good, right?

BenRiach Authenticus

BenRiach Authenticus

A combination of heavy and light scents together. The smoke feels a bit greasy with a touch of sulphur. The vegetable kind (95 points from Mr. Murray, remember!) in this case. Plants, oak, peat and grass.

It’s not overly spicy but had some peppery notes in it. Not much flavour to those, but the heat, so I’m going with white pepper. The oaky notes make this one a tad bitter. Some smoke too, but that’s about it.

Smoke and grass in a rather Ardbeg way. It has some creamy sweetness with a bitter after note.

Of course I didn’t get any points, since I didn’t put in my guess. I’m not sure if this would have crossed my mind since I am one of the few people around that don’t like this dram, and have never bought it.

BenRiach 21 Authenticus, 46%, € 160 at Gall & Gall Hoogland


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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