Small Speyside Distillery.
During the last Whisky Festival in Jastrzębia Góra Mr. John regaled me with some delicious single malts. On the way back I got also a sample of Benromach 10 years old 100 Proof, 57% ABV, which I’m going just to taste.
This is the debut of Benromach on the blog (not counting the Masterclass at the Whisky Live Paris 2013), so at the outset, I must specify that the distillery is located in Speyside and is one of the smallest. It was founded in 1898 near Forres. As with the case of many Scottish distilleries also this one was closed several times, most recently in the ’80s XX. Then, in the ’90s it was brought back to life by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, it remains so to this day.
C: light amber;
N: interesting, gently peppery and quite mineral, there is no shortage of singed wood or just a bonfire, if you wish, deeper I have a lot of nuts, milk chocolate, dry hay, further boiled and baked apples, pears, fruit cake, ripe peach, finally again traces of wood, singed wood and smoke; with a few drops of water sweeter with honey, vanilla and caramel, also something like cotton candy and again charred wood;
T: from the beginning peppery and warming and there is nothing surprising in this, since we have a 57% ABV, once you get used to it, there are fruits: plums, also dried in chocolate, cooked apples and pears, elements of sherry, further pleasant traces of wood, it gets dry; with a few drops of water all highlighted, simultaneously slight bitterness with grapefruit, also slight saltiness appeared;
F: long, dry with fruits, traces of peat and wood.
Benromach 10 years old 100 Proof has a beautiful smell with balanced elements of peat. Similar is the flavor. We have here a lot space for the water, which allows to get to know this malt closer. Additional advantages are the natural color and unchillfiltered. The whole makes a very good and balanced impression. It’s delicious!
I tried it in Jastrzebia Gora during the Festival, but it is certainly a whisky that is worth spending more time with.
Thank you John for a sample.