Benromach Cask Strength

Name:
Rating:
Benromach Cask Strength

 

Score:
83/100
ABV:
60.3%
Region:
Speyside, Scotland
Body:
Medium
Intensity:
Medium-high
Texture:
Medium-oily
Balance:
Good
Best served:
Neat
Theme(s):
The aroma of lemon leaves and fresh citrus is replaced by distilled citrus fruit and burnt orange on the palate that, with a splash of water, relax into rum drenched raisin cake
Tasting notes:  
Nose (neat): Surprisingly light on the nose for a cask strength whisky, this expression offers crushed lemon leaves fallen alongside ripe citrus fruits; the zip of lemon juice, the tang of lime and the dry sourness of grapefruit. There is a mild gust of dry wood that is accompanied by spicy nutmeg and a sweet but dense floral note; a floral note that weaves in and out of freshly cut grass emptied out of a lawnmower.
Taste (neat): Kapow! There is that burst of honeyed sweetness with some attitude, as the citrus notes take a back seat to sugary (rather than fruity) sweetness; though the citrus theme continues with bitter orange extract and the flavour of zest (though without the acidic burn and tart sourness). The mouth-feel is luscious, as a buttery creaminess develops with a piercing sour-bitterness that signals a return of the dry and sour grapefruit rind alongside spicy oak.
Finish (neat): The bitterness lingers as burnt orange develop and remain in the tongue with the combination of dry wood and sugary sweetness.
A splash of water hardly opens up the nose, but on the palate the flavour of rum drenched raisin cake develops with shavings of orange zest and dark chocolate alongside a selection of spices and that surge of dry oak.
Likes:
Powerful and assertive, with lots of complexity
Dislikes:
That syrupy sweetness takes a lead and seems to unbalance the experience a little
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