Benromach 12 Years Old 2000 Port Wood Finish
Speyside single malt scotch whisky
What they say:
Distilled in 2000, this Benromach from Gordon and MacPhail was finished in port pipes from the Douro Valley for the final 8 years of its maturation.
Nose: Rich, sweet, spicy nose with peaches in syrup and tropical fruit. Hints of rum spice and a little smoke.
Palate: Thick palate entry with banana chips and aniseed. Cigar smoke and spice.
Finish: Long finish with toffee apples and cinnamon.
Overall: A creamy, fruity dram with lovely effects from the port cask.
What I say:
Dram #2 at the WOLS Benromach Wood Finishes tasting hosted by Thomas McEntee was this Port wood finish.
Red copper gold (12/20) light tears
Red jammy fruits; strawberry, raspberry, sweet honey, woody oak, toffee, caramel, dunnage warehouse, cereal Barley malt
Sweet, smooth, waxy and buttery, tropical fruits banana and pineapple, jammy bramble, blackcurrant, strawberry, earthy cranberry and tobacco leaf
Short-medium, a little rubbery, rich fruits persist
A little underwhelming, I had hoped the long maturation in port casks may have added a lot more richness and complexity to this expression.