Benromach 10 Years Old 100° Proof (57%, OB, 2018)
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Benromach distillery
- Bottling: OB
- ABV: 57%
- Cost: £49.84
What they say
Pour yourself a dram of this beautiful golden amber single malt whisky and take a few small inhalations to start to enjoy the AROMA WITHOUT WATER. It has an intense Sherry nose with heaps of stewed apple, pear and delightfulvanilla pod aromas… delicious toasted malt aromas develop and complement an underlying menthol edge. Now take a sip and savour the TASTE WITHOUT WATER… there’s cracked black pepper with juicy fresh strawberry and raspberry… hints of orange peel and milk chocolate combine with a delicate smoky edge. Add a smidge of water to release your dram of 100 ̊ Proof and enjoy the AROMA WITH WATER… it’s fabulous, with initial hints of beeswax polish and peat smoke… followed by sweeter aromas developing with ripe banana and kiwi bound together by honey. Now for the TASTE WITH WATER. Roll it around your palate and enjoy the sweet and salty effect with ripe banana and blackcurrant flavours. Notice the emerging creamy milk chocolate edge with a long rich finish of lingering subtle smokiness and bonfire embers.
This whisky has been bottled without chill filtering and as a result, a completely harmless sediment may form in the bottle. What’s more, when you add water the whisky may turn a little cloudy. It’s nothing to worry about at all. Slainte!
What I say
Distilled at Benromach distillery in Speyside and matured for a minimum of 10 years. Matured; 80% in ex-Bourbon barrels, 20% in ex-Sherry hogshead for nine years then the final year in first fill Oloroso casks.
The entry-level age statement expression but this time bottled at 100° Proof (or 57% ABV)
Thanks to Benromach for the festive sample and timely revisit to this expression.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark copper-gold (11/20), tapered, medium-fine tears and long, fine legs.
- Nose: Much drier than the standard 10 year old, with gristy barley flour, dried fruit; apple rings and raisins and plenty of blackcurrant, grassy hay, milk chocolate, some light woody spices and honey, much more earthy peat and some dry suede leather.
- Taste: Rich fruits, quite drying at 57% ABV, tart bramble and blackcurrants join raisin and molasses, dark chocolate, malt loaf, black pepper and woody spices such as clove and mace.
- Finish: Medium-long, honeyed and waxy fruits, chocolate covered toffee (poppets?)
A much richer and darker fruit and chocolate filled experience when presented at this strength, much more malty feeling too though this is probably a mixture of a concentration effect of the flavours found in the reduced version and higher ABV.
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