I have been longing to try the Benromach 15 after enjoying the 5 and 10 year old versions. The 10 I have reviewed but not the 5. I tried the 5 year old at a Whisky bar in Edinburgh so I remember it quite well. Both had lots of character for different reasons, the 5 year old was light of course but carried some wonderful malty and delicate fruit notes. The 10 is very characterful and mature for its age and good value for money in comparison to other 10 year single malts on the market. I assume the 15 year old is the same as the 10 but with extra 5 years of maturation in sherry casks. This one costs about £50 which is not a bad price for a whisky of this age.
Whisky: Benromach 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%
Nose: Earth, leather, honey, stewed fruit, oak, rose water
Taste: Biscuits, malt, earth, sherry, leather, honey, dark chocolate
Finish: Smoke, gentle spice, dark chocolate
Summary: So much of this reminds me of Benrinnes. To me they both standout amongst the many typical speyside single malts out there. The thing that does it for me is the leather and oak notes. The leather note in particular gives a whisky a nice mature taste in my opinion. The honey and spice is delivered softly and then there is the smoke which adds a lot of depth. The leather, oak, honey, spice and smoke are integrated really well and the sherry does not take over. Th texture gives a feel of quality. A lot if often made of being not being bottled at 46% as a minimum, but this does not suffer from being bottled at 43%. I really really like this and at £50 offers excellent value for money.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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