Whisky review: Benromach 7 Years Old 2000 Peat Smoke Batch #1
- Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- 46% ABV,
- £30-40 for 70cl when available
- Score: 88/100
What they say:
Distilled in 2000 at the Benromach distillery from peated barley and matured in 1st fill ex-bourbon casks for 7 years before bottling at 46% ABV.
At Benromach small batches of whisky have been produced using the finest malted barley, dried using high levels of peat smoke. Distilled from malted barley with a phenol level of 53ppm this batch of Benromach Peat Smoke has been matured in 1st Fill Bourbon Barrels for many years. The resultant Single Malt is seriously smoky yet it retains the elegance and fruitiness of Benromach.
APPEARANCE: Pale Gold.
NOSE: Cured meats with toasted malt and sweet vanilla. Fruity elements develop hints of pear, dried apricot and citrus zest. With water, Delicate smoke with orange and pear. Traces of nutmeg and vanilla.
PALATE: Bonfire embers initially with liquorice, cinnamon and vanilla. Creamy milk chocolate with a touch of orange peel. With water, Peppery at first with roasted pine nuts and liquorice. Fresh grapefruit with lavender and a more subtle smokiness.
FINISH: Long, creamy and smoky.
What I say:
Sampled at Water of Life Society (WoLS) meeting 27/02/2014 – Whisky and Cheese Pairing where it was paired with Roquefort.
Roquefort is a sheep milk blue cheese from the south of France, the cheese is white, tangy, crumbly and slightly moist, with distinctive veins of green mold. It has characteristic odor and flavor with a notable taste of butyric acid; the green veins provide a sharp tang. The overall flavor sensation begins slightly mild, then waxes sweet, then smoky, and fades to a salty finish. It has no rind; the exterior is edible and slightly salty.
Another fantastic combination of sweet malted cereal and smoke from the Benromach then that tangy and salty roquefort cleansing the palate each making you go back for more of the other, another match made in whisky heaven!
Peat smoke and malt, lemon cleaner (jif/cif) and linseed oil
Prickly ginger beer, malted barley cereal and then smokey peat, very sweet throughout
For ever (almost)