Whisky Review: Benromach 9 Years Old 2005 Peat Smoke
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- 46% ABV,
- £36.50 available from Royal Mile Whiskies
- Score: 85/100
What they say:
Pour yourself a dram of this seriously smoky single malt whisky… we only produce very small batches of this unique Benromach Speyside whisky, so you’re one of the few people who are able to enjoy it. The finest Scottish barley is malted with high levels of peat smoke at 67ppm (parts per million: the phenol level, to those in the know).
Take in the aroma without water… sweet vanilla, honey and cured meat aromas, hints of apricot and lemon combining with a beautiful subtle tobacco note.
Dive in and enjoy the taste without water. There’s cracked pepper with sweet strawberry and orange flavours, a delicate hint of aniseed… combined with a lingering edge of bonfire embers.
Now enjoy the aroma with water… the delicate smokiness complements lemon, honey and vanilla aromas with sweet hints of apricot and sugared almonds developing on the tongue.
Lift it to your lips and savour the taste with water. Slow cooked apple, pear and tangy grapefruit give way to a trace of cocoa powder and an absolutely gorgeous edge of lingering cigars. It’s a wonderfully fruity and smoky single malt whisky.
Matured in first fill oak Bourbon barrels.
What I say:
Dram #6 and the final dram at the WOLS Benromach Wood Finishes tasting hosted by Thomas McEntee was this newly released Benromach Peat Smoke 2005 edition.
Light gold (4/20), medium tears
Vanilla, cereal barley, malty, milky, light and bright heather honey, cigar smoke and peat
Smooth, cereal barley malt, fruity apple, citrusy grapefruit and lemon, vanilla custard and coconut cream, anise and pepper spices and gentle peat smoke
Medium-long, smoky peat with sweet vanilla and fruits
A delightfully smoky dram from Benromach with plenty of fruity and vanilla flavours in the mix.