A smart packaging job for this distillery-bottled expression of Benromach 10yo, which has been a big hit since its introduction in late 2009. Well done to G&M for making the standard release strength 43%. Shortlist for TWE's Whisky of the Year 2013
Nose: Toffee and butterscotch with hints of liquorice and green apple.
Palate: The liquorice and green apple continue from the nose, joined by a maltiness, smoke and spicy cardamom and white pepper.
Finish: Warming, with the fruit and spice slowly dissipating to leave a delightful malty smokiness.
Comment: Benromach have succeeded in their aim of going back to the classic Speyside style of the 1960s, and the whisky has a very traditional feel about it.
Tasting Notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)
Nose: You know what, this greasiness and this mineral smokiness just cannot not make us think of modern Springbank, which can’t be bad news. I find some smoked tea, touches of truffles, graphite oil, quite some fresh barley (or is that porridge?) and quite some raw wool and grass. Old school for sure!
Mouth: Excellent, smoky, mineral, phenolic, waxy and displaying various citrus fruits without any excessive sweetness. Excellent body at 43% vol. Then more liquorice, a little sweet mustard (cassis flavoured like they make in Burgundy) and quite some bitter oranges.
Finish: Quite long, smoky, with notes of agaves and minerals.
Comments: Tastes like a true islander. We used to say that Lochside was the Springbank of the east, now it’s rather Benromach. I’m a fan. Same score as before. SGP:553 - 87 points.
Customer Reviews:(9 reviews)
Made by two blokes in the smallest distillery in speyside..I can understand springbank comparisons with the maltiness present on nose and palate . Some other reviews led me to believe I would be getting a peaty speysider, this is not the case IMO. Develops into a fudgey fruity malty dram, very smooth and easy going down. Would not hesitate in buying this again. I also believe this to be Non Chill Filtered and no e150. Natural goodness
- En_robot, 3rd May
Another great young Speysider from the distillery of Benromach. Vibrant nose with grass, citrus, and some peat. Same expressions continue to persist on the mouth; however, there is mineral and some sweetness involved this time. Long, smoky finish, which is decidedly very pleasant. Quite approachable and easy-drinking peated Speyside, a great entry-level Single Malt Scotch with a distinct character.
- Scotch Fan , 22nd Sep '13
Super smooth with a lovely balance and warmth. A little smoke on the finish too. Well worth a try at this offer price.
- Shaun,Hull, 18th Dec '12
I tried a tipple at the Scotland Boat show in Kip Marina and was blown away by the superb taste of the 10 year old. I tried the rest of the fleet which were all really good but the the original 10 year Old was the best for me, smooth and warm. I'm going to the shop in Forres next time I'm passing to buy a bottle.
- Dave Miller-Crook, 19th Oct '12
I remember 2002 walking through barley fields in Roseile (nr Benromach - Forres) Now drinking the fields bounty is romantic but more striking is the quality of this malt, its nose is malt, leather - black polish ? Taste gives Oak, cinnamon, spirited vanilla, ending with a freshly lit cigar. Finish - Long smoke, dry, raisins. Really impressed and suprised with this expression. Touch of peat in the spey region is interesting.
- Ian M , 6th May '12
Very Peaty not what you would expect from a Spey.
- Steve 18-2-11, 18th Feb '11
id rather spend an extra tenner and get 18year old fiddich
- ben, 31st Jan '11
I don't usually but whiskies less than 46% these days, but I made an exception with this as it's absolutely superb
- DavidUK, 21st Nov '10
I didn't excpet so much peatsmoke from this whisky, but it combines very well with the sweet Speyside-feeling. Very recommended for a 10 years old malt.
- Peter Benkoczki, 1st May '10
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