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The Benromach 10yr is one of the most attractive malts I've ever had. Granted, I've only been imbibing whisky for 3 years or so. So, I'm new to this wonderful world of whisky...
Like many of you, I read review after review of how spectacular this stuff was and I had every intention of trying some at WhiskyFest NYC - Sadly, one of the many booths I missed.
It wasn't until I read Dr. Whisky's review of the stuff (drwhisky.blogspot.com/2009/12/…) that I finally opened up my wallet and laid down the cash for this baby. It ended up coming on my Birthday - what a birthday it was!
Nose - Sweet warm smoke, honey, sweet peony, penny candy store (hanging out by the butterscotch), damp towel, vanilla
Palate - Gooey-ooey butterscotch riddled with smoke, root veggies (Dr. Whisky nailed it when he said he tasted stewed carrots - dead on!), fresh soil, leather, more butterscotch - mouth coating and smooth as heck!
Finish - Long, smokey oak, vanilla is back with some nuttiness creeping up.
This is the ultimate comfort dram. Usually, I like an ABV of at least 46% but I think they nailed it with the 43%. I had two drams that night.
So, here's where the black hole comes in. I am a total freak when it comes to shows about space, black holes, supernovas... good sciencey stuff. I was watching a show on black holes the night I opened this up and I found my self completely blocking the outside world and was staring at the legs in my glass as they slowly danced back down to the bottom. I was so taken by this stuff that it took me from my science show! And, that's really saying a lot. - 92 (I gave it an extra point for being a standard expression and so dang cheap!)