Benromach describes itself as a classic speyside malt. Given that I don’t really follow regional profiles I was intrigued by this claim. Is this the malt that encapsulates a speyside whisky is? Who really knows. I for sure was excited to try my first Benromach as I got the feeling that this is another distillery that is held in high regard by fans/critics. It is possible to buy a set of their core botttlings, this 10 year old, the organic and peat smoke in 20cl size. I think this is a great way to get to really know a distillery. The next bottle up in the range is their 15 year old bottle.
Whisky: Benromach 10 Year Old Single Malt, 43%
Nose: Fruit salad, mango, leather, old oak, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup
Taste: Citrus zest, malt, biscuits, chilli, pepper, coastal sea salt
Finish: Pepper and spice, vanilla, smoke and tobacco
Summary: This certainly has character. I felt a bit all over the place when trying to describe the flavours I was getting. It didn’t quite stack up in writing but it worked when tasting it. The nose if much more fruitier and sweet than the taste. There is an underlying smokiness and oak to this which works well and I like to coastal touch I was getting too. The malt is present throughout too which shows the quality of this one. The mouthfeel is pleasantly oily and the kick of spice is levelled up to the just the right amount without being too harsh. The back end of the palate and finish is dry. I would happily recommend this but would urge caution to those that are new to single malts, some of these flavours may be too strong so give it time and water.
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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