Whisky review: Benromach 5 Years Old 2006 Sassicaia Wood Finish
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- 45% ABV
- Score: 83/100
What they say:
Benromach Sassicaia wood finish 1st edition
Matured for over 5 years, this spent 27 months maturing in Sassicaia Casks prior to bottling in August 2006. Limited to 3,000 bottles
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: A subtle smokiness, with some sweet toffee and marshmallow notes. Followed by hints of red berries.
With water: Fresh and peaty with malty aromas, hints of cocoa powder and summer fruits. A herbal element is also present.
Palate: Initially very peppery, rich and creamy with A lingering smokiness.
With water: Peppery, with a sweet toffee note, followed by a slight saltiness and a subtle smoky edge.
What I say:
Dram #1 at the WOLS Benromach Wood Finishes tasting hosted by Thomas McEntee was this Sassicaia wood finish.
Russet amber gold (8/20) heavy tears
Fruity, peach, apricot, tangerine, a little musty oak/dunnage warehouse, sweet honey, fresh mown hay/grass, fruit syrup
Young, new make, fruity, sweet honey, acrid/ascrebic oak wood, wine tannins, red grape juice
Short, sweet fruity oak
A youthful Benromach, perhaps still a little too fresh in the gills, the wine-finishing has imparted some delightful flavours and texture on the palate but this met with mixed opinions and felt to me bottled too soon.