Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tasting: Benromach 10 Years Old

Benromach 10 yrs.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Benromach
Age: 10 years
Region: Speyside
ABV: 43%
US Price: $55
Release: Ongoing
Cask: 80% bourbon barrels, 20% sherry hogshead

Points: 89/100

For my first review and new member of the SOWC, I wanted to review something that I really enjoy drinking, and without hesitation, I went with the Benromach 10 year. Not too complex, readily available and just all around tasty!

The Benromach distillery is owned by well known independent bottles, Gordon and MacPhail. They aim to produce a whisky that represents a classic Speyside malt from the mid 1900s, which results in a slightly peated whisky. They also follow some traditional practices in their whisky making, such as aging all their barrels in traditional dunnage warehouses. While these sorts of things are not required to make good whisky, it is appreciated.

This 10 year is a perfect introduction to this distillery (it was mine) and I have a few other bottles from them I can't wait to crack!

Fresh fruits, apple, pear. Fresh cut wood and spices, cereal notes. Slightly nutty, oily and delicate peat smoke in the background

The fresh fruit disappears on the palate, now it's more of a dried fruit. The sherry influence is present here. Peppery, creamy and oily. Nice mouthfeel and ends with a hint of peat smoke.

Sharp, spicy, malty with a lingering peat. Short/medium length.

Photo & Review By: Cody Diefenderfer