Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: Gordon & MacPhail
Average price: € 95.00
Official website: www.benromach.com
Benromach, I admit, is a little bit in my heart, to the point that I have now forgiven the recent change of packaging to which, after the first, difficult impact, I have now become accustomed to the point of finding it pleasant.
But let’s stick to the past, and take this fifteen year old by the hand, first released in 2015 and which, since then, has received much praise.
Amber in the glass.
Beeswax to welcome the nose, presenting itself very full and creamy, with a fresh collection of citrus fruits (like smelling the peel of an orange), shortbread, vanilla, prunes, ripe figs. Chocolate and sultanas. Leather and a light puff of smoke are in the background, together with a caress of wood. Elegantly rich and silky.
Compact and smooth on the palate too, it has more sherry influence, pounding on notes of red fruits, plums and chocolate with a hint of liquorice, with orange always present. Pineapple and mango join the group, with a spicy touch of cinnamon, ginger and aniseed, while gradually a rougher, more mineral facet appears, almost dirty with wet earth that accentuates the three-dimensionality of the impressions. More processed leather and wood in the background, underpinning the aromas.
The finish is quite long, with orange, anise, liquorice, a touch of hazelnut and chocolate.
Elegant and complex, profound, it travels down less predictable roads and does so with class, without becoming unbalanced while playing on different notes. Entertaining.
Review 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