BenMore Four Casks – Blended Scotch Whisky Tasting

A year or so ago Nicola and her husband Scott were on a business trip to Thailand and on there return they brought back a bottle of Whisky, and that Whisky is what we’ll taste tonight.

Last night Tuesday 5th April Nicola popped round to my house and we quickly decided to do a wee tasting, we searched through the cabinet and picked out:-

BenMore Four Casks, Blended Scotch Whisky – A Scotch Whisky Of Rare Distinction, 40% Alc/vol 70cl.

As you would expect from the name this Scotch has been matured in four different casks, Sherry casks, Bourbon casks, Charred casks and finally in Refill casks. This Scotch Blend comes from Diageo, the worlds largest spirit producer and is blended specially for the Thai and Philippine market place and holds quite a large share of that marketplace.

As you would expect this is not readily available over here, and we’ve found it to be very difficult to obtain on the web, but we shall keep on trying to locate a source and let you all know, but if you know someone who is going out to the far east then request them to get you a bottle or three.

Colour…Deep rich amberben-more-four-casks-blended-scotch-whisky

Jim’s tasting

Nose…Fruit and if you work hard there is a little hint of smoke.

Taste…Quite complex with a woodiness and the fruit together with vanilla makes this such a smooth dram.

Finish…Not too long but the vanilla and the slightest hint of peat/smoke is still there.

Score…3 Corks

Nicola’s tasting

Nose…Sweet dry sherrylike with fruity dark notes.

Taste…Love the sweet vanilla and the oaky wood and to my surprise the fruit is still in there, unlike Jim I do not get any smoke/peat. (thank goodness)

Finish…Medium finish, a sweet tingle is left on my tongue, I quite like this one.

Score…3 corks

Overall Score…3 Corks

Now this is a very nice dram and we both wished it was available over here, this could be a very good everyday dram and certainly would not look out of place in anyone’s Whisky cabinet. We are sorry that so far (other than going to the Far East) we have been unable to source a site that has this fine dram for sale. If in the meantime anyone out there knows of an outlet, please get in touch and let us know, thanks in advance.

Although this fine blend is currently unavailable online, you can still purchase a fine Blended Scotch Whisky by clicking on the window below:

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12 Responses

  1. NIgel says:

    I live in Thailand and I am drinking Benmore whiskey right now, I must say it is one of the best available in the sub 10 pound market. I prefer it to a Johnny Walker red or black. It’s very sweet and goes down a bit to well 🙂

  2. keith says:

    And I am drinking it right now in the Philippines, where it costs the princely sum of £5-67 at today’s exchange rate. Before the pound was trashed over the past three years, it was as little as £4-75. When it first appeared on our supermarket shelves it was a revelation. It was, and still is, half the price of the next cheapest brand, Cutty Sark and twice the price of the really cheap stuff, which is undrinkable neat. I think it compares very favourably with Cutty Sark and I believe it is bulk shipped here by Diageo and then bottled in Manila for distribution throughout SE Asia.

    God Bless Diageo!

  3. Amadine says:

    I thought it was on the inferior side since it’s much cheaper than the better known brands.
    I’m drinking this right now, and I do enjoy the mild flavour.
    If you fancy a bottle or more you can ask me to ship for you as I live in Manila.

  4. Geoff says:

    This taste ok but it left me feeling like a train wreck after only a few drinks. Why? It’s cheap so I guess I should not expect much. There are better selections in Taiwan. Much better off with a pure malt or even a single, less or no head ache/ bad sleep inducing additives.

  5. Jeff Nice says:

    Im from the Philippines and i am drinking this right now. im not much of a drinker but i like a shot or two of whisky before i sleep and I must say, im liking benmore’s aroma, taste and texture. First, i thought it as an inferior brand but its pretty much drinkable neat. The taste quality is that of whisky’s on 600 php mark. Im impressed of its quality at a very affordable price.

  6. Arthur says:

    Is Caol Ila Moch single malt whiskey made from the same factory as Ben More.

    What is the different between Single Malt and Blended Whiskey?

  7. twistedchild says:

    Single malt comes from a single distillery, blended comes from different sources/distilleries. An example is Tomatin, most of their whiskey are used by blenders and mixed with other whiskey from other distilers but they sometimes sell under their own name and that is then a single malt as all the whiskey comes from their distillery. Blending is done to cater to a larger market as straight whiskeys might not appeal to everyone.

  8. Falx says:

    Hi Arthur,

    Here’s a link to some reference regarding Single Malt and Blended Whiskey — http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/02/what-is-single-malt-scotch-what-is-blended-whisky.html

    As for Caol Ila being made from the same place as BenMore, I could be wrong but I’d rather doubt it (I quite like peaty/smokey scotch myself: Ardbeg, Caol Ila, and that Islay flavour in general). I’m from Australia but I visit the Philippines often enough to enjoy the more affordable spirits there, BenMore Four Casks being one of them.

  9. Erik Kofoed says:

    Very god whiskey,I have try thai whiskey.

  10. chris harman says:

    got it in a 7-11 in Thailand, about 9 quid a bottle, surprisingly good, a smoky talisker influence, lots of sherry cask, at least 10 years of age i would say, interesting, rich and quite full on and sweet. In contrast to most of the cheaper Scotches in Thailand which tend to be light and lemony (which I also like) such as J+b, dewars 12, the loch lomond blends. It easily beasts the more expensive masters reserve for me.

  11. Ken Benmore says:

    This was the family brand back in the day, when the original distillery was in dallas dhu, distillery, forress, Glasgow
    I have had a few bottles of this blend and its not a patch on the original, shame it closed down many years ago.
    Would love to know where i could buy a bottle of the original.

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