Benromach 10 year old 100 proof 57%

Benromach-100-Proof-10-Year

Rating: stars 4.5

Recommendation: Buy it! 

Type: Single malt whisky

Origin: Speyside, Scotland

ABV: 57%

Reaction: 😀

Nose:

Chocolate and stewed fruits, cooked strawberries, drying grapefruit, nuts and balsamic; this a lusciously sweet and yet drying bouquet with waves of Oloroso sherry and wood dominating over mild smokiness. 

Taste:

Sweet sherry, dried fruit (dates, raisin), wood and undercurrents of honey unleash on the palate with a medicinal and herbal eucalyptus/menthol hue that is interlaced with peat smoke. The malt becomes more potent towards the finish. This is a serious flavour packed malt with an angry slugger’s punch – Kapow! 

With time it becomes clear that the peat is the backbone, supporting sherry, dark chocolate and the herbal eucalyptus/menthol

Finish:

The finish is slightly drying with underlying creaminess, dark dried fruit and wisps of smoke remaining on the palate.

Bottom line:  

Buy it! This is a complex malt with a big sherry nose and palate that seems to inspire a wrestling match between the dry notes and sweet notes, as they vie for supremacy on the palate amidst mild peat smoke and a herbal hue. Tasting this whisky is almost as phenomenal as watching Hulk Hogan and the Macho Man Randy Savage, back in the – *ahem* – “olden days”. Oooohhh yeahhhh!   

Benromach 10 year old

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Rating: ★★★★

Recommendation: Buy it

Type: Single malt whisky

Origin: Speyside, Scotland

ABV: 43%

Reaction: 🙂

Nose:

Vanilla, milk chocolate, fruit mice pie, matches and warm fabric taken out of the drier.

Taste:

There is a surge of apple with wave after wave of milk chocolate softening the whack of peat, which then quickly softens and accompanies a slight herbal menthol and licorice note. Towards the finish, this malt reminds me of a white Russian with a splash of grenadine. The sherry notes, while there, resemble more of a sweet red raspberry candy or grenadine.

Finish:

The finish is creamy, with stewed red berries and lingering cocoa notes. Big malt notes become noticeable, with sweet barley sugar and spicy ginger bread.

Bottom line:

Buy it – this is a very drinkable Speysider with cream, mild peat, malt, mild herbal notes and a hint of sherry. This malt becomes very luscious and creamy, with so much milk chocolate you’ll start to wonder whether you are drinking a whisky spiked Big M chocolate milk. Now I feel like watching The Big Lebowski… with a bottle of this malt in hand; it won’t last very long.