Benromach 10 years old 100 Proof was first released in 2014 and is part of the distillery's core range. Its maturation regime is as follows: 80% in ex-bourbon barrels and 20% in ex-sherry hogsheads, with the last year getting married in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks. My bottle is dated 30 September 2014.
The nose is rich and lush and begins with vanilla and a thick layer of dark fruits: overripe plums, oranges and cherries, together with notes of marzipan. Then notes of wax and leather come to the fore, followed by hints of coffee and cinnamon. Absolutely gorgeous!
The palate is medium-bodied and spicy. The first flavour I get is subtle smoke, then more vanilla and oranges, followed by balsamic vinegar and a touch of grass. Cinnamon and caramel flavours develop later on.
The finish is long and warming, rather dry and dusty. Light sherry notes are accompanied by oranges and a hint of chocolate.
I am truly astonished! Given the tender age of 10 years I was not prepared for the multifaceted and intricate flavour profile of this whisky. This is interesting and delicious at the same time, and in a blind tasting I would have guessed this at between 15 and 20 years of age. One of my highlights this year and a permanent fixture of my whisky cabinet with immediate effect!
@Pierre_W, thank you very much for another excellent review.
I feel like I am living in some sort of hermetically sealed parallel universe because I have not yet tasted either the Benromach 10 100 Proof or even the standard Benromach 10 yo. Well, there is something to which to look forward. Whenever I see a whisky about which much good is said and no one says anything bad, I know that that is one to try. It is quite difficult to displease no one.
@BlueNote I'd love to try the 46% version. Here in Ontario we only had the 100 proof and the 43% version. I think it must have been the KGBO taxing away 3%.