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To be quite honest, I would never thought of buying this bottle. I'm not a typical Speyside lover so it was not on my radar. Then Ralfy named this bottle 'Whisky of the Year 2014' and he got me curious. I started to do some online research. It's should be a 'old-style' Speyside, this means, with smoke! Woehoe! That's what I like, sweetness in the right balance with smoke/peat. I like the Islay Distillers Editions, I like the Ardbeg Uigeadail, and I like the less smoke/peaty ones from Highland Park. The Benromach seems to be in this last area of Highland Park. Further more I discovered that it's a real small distillery, this reminded me of Deanston, a distillery I'm really fond of (Deanston 12 yo). All this was the reason to go for it and buy the bottle for € 35,-.
What is it like? This really is one of the most enjoyable Speyside whiskies in my opinion. The combination of smoke and sherry is handled expertly and the level of quality here is simply amazing. I tasted this bottle and had 4 drams on the same evening, that's a big compliment for Benromach, well done! They made this spot on, the way it should be. It beats Highland Park 12 yo, Benromach 10 yo is a keeper!