Whisky Review: Benromach 6 Years Old 2008 Monastrell Wood Finish
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- 45% ABV
- Score: 84/100
What they say:
Distilled at Benromach distillery in 2002 and aged for 5 years before finishing for 12 months in an ex-Monastrell wine cask before bottling in November 2008. Limited edition of 920 bottles.
Colour: Golden Amber.
UNDILUTED Nose: Fresh and fruity notes – tropical fruits and ripe pears. Hints of milk chocolate and a subtle peat influence.
Palate: Hot and mouth warming, becomes more mellow and smooth. Sweetness develops and hints of nuts also.
Finish: Long, sweet with some smoke.
WITH WATER Nose: Heavy sweetness, fragrant, tropical fruits – melon notes. Fresh and more delicate.
Palate: Mellow with delicate heat, more creamy influences, sweet, smoky and light ash elements.
Finish: Lingering and warm.
Body: Light to medium.
Cask Type: Refill hogsheads
What I say:
Dram #3 at the WOLS Benromach Wood Finishes tasting hosted by Thomas McEntee was this Monastrell wood finish tasting.
Peachy wine (10/20) light tears
Sweet honey, cereal barley flour, pear, apple, peach orchard fruits, citric hops, lemon and tangerine,
Sweet peach, melon, creamy vanilla, citric, lemon and hops, develops a hot spice, cayenne pepper
Medium, sweet, hot and spicy
A little more rounded than the Sassicaia finish, some nice fruit flavours have developed in this expression as well as a reasonable amount of spice and heat.