Benromach

Review: Benromach Peat Smoke Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
46%
Aging
9 Years; First fill ex-bourbon
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Benromach (Forres, Scotland)

It’s difficult to find more heavily peated non-Islay malted whiskies. I suppose Talisker might be one (malted at glen ord) or Ardmore, perhaps the classic highland peated whisky. Benromach, as far as I can tell, is peated from a local peat source – and I assume local is more local than Islay. The reason that is significant is Islay peat has such a unique characteristic with the heavy marine and medicinal aromas. Other areas of peat are composed of other vegetation – so from a perspective of peat “terrior” it’s always interesting to see different regions. It’s peated to 67 ppm, which is quite a punch of peat – that’s more than Ardbeg!


Review (2018)

  • Batch: Distilled 2008, Bottled 2017

  • Bottling Code: 3/5/2017

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Creamy bourbon aromas on the nose, but also vegetal, woody smoke. Some pear and berry fruitiness on the nose, too, and notably – the nose develops with time – becoming more woody, earthier, and richer. The palate is lightly sweet, creamy, and becomes quite ashy – with a touch of tropical fruit on the end – quite nice! Milk chocolate, throughout, and flashes of rich nuttiness. The finish has a nice touch of smoke, ash, cacao powder, and perhaps smoked dried flowers – it’s a bit floral! Very pleasant, and easily begs for another sip.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, at $90.


Review: Benromach 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46%
Aging
10 Years
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Benromach (Forres, Scotland)

Benromach has been around since the 19th century, butit lay silent from 1983 to 1998 after it was bought and revitalized by the independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, who purchased the distillery just 7 years after they themselves formed as a company. This whisky is actually spirit distilled by Gordon & MacPhail themselves, who didn't start distilling until 2004. They have revitalized the brand, and it has been received well by connoisseurs.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

The peat is there, dry, with almost some sweet bacon-like smokiness. The sherry, apple seeds, raisins, dried apricot – I’ve never had dried peaches but I imagine if I had them I’d find something similar there as here. The body is perfect for the set of flavours present – not too big, and not too soft, and with a good sweetness…and a developing, complex, spicy finish too. Fantastic stuff.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average to high, based on $60.