Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-bourbon and ex-Sherry first fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Gordon & MacPhail
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: www.benromach.com
Let’s get back to Benromach with the basic whisky of their meagre core range which includes, in addition to the 10yo in question, a 15yo and a Cask Strength Vintage 2009 now in its fourth release.
Aged for 9 years, 80% in ex-Bourbon casks and 20% in ex-Sherry casks, all first-fill, the distillate, once assembled, completed its maturation with a year in ex-Sherry Oloroso European oak casks (therefore richer in tannins), before being bottled at 43% ABV without chillfiltration and in its natural colour.
As with other distilleries, Benromach has recently revised the packaging of its whiskies (and not for the better, in our humble opinion). As far as we can read, the “recipe” for this 10yo has not changed, but we think it’s worth remembering that today’s dram comes from the old edition (in the photo), which is still widely available.
The colour is a beautiful bright amber.
On the nose, the first impact is with the sweetness of an orange Catalan cream, crowned with jasmine and enhanced by spicy touches of nutmeg and cloves. The peat note is a well-integrated acrid smoke that grazes the nostrils and settles at the back of the throat. An impression of almonds enriches a range of aromas that conveys a pleasant sensation of freshness. With time, the smoke grows in intensity, while the citrus fragrance slowly recedes. After a couple of hours of drinking, a memory of sweet bacon rests in the glass.
In the mouth, the whisky is silky and enveloping. On a base of thick smoke, there is a hint of freshly cut wood, a sprinkling of cloves and nutmeg, a hint of citrus which we identify as sweet orange, and a mouth-watering flavour of meringue.
The finish is less long than we would have expected, of smoke and wood.
A superior base whisky, decidedly original in its mix of sweetness and smokiness. A fine demonstration that even Speyside can produce light peated whiskies of the highest standard, capable of surprising and satisfying even the devotees of Islay.
Reviews of Benromach whisky in the blog:
Benromach 2009 Cask Strength Batch 1
Benromach Château Cissac 2009
Benromach Organic 2006
Benromach Peat Smoke 2008
Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish
The Scotch Noob