Benromach 10 years old was first released in 2009 and is part of the distillery’s core range. Its maturation regime is as follows: the first nine years 80% in ex-bourbon barrels and 20% in ex-sherry casks, the last year exclusively in ex-sherry casks. My review is based on a 20cl bottle from a taster pack that includes the regular 10-year old, “Organic” and “Peat Smoke”.
The nose is fruity with flavours of oranges and grapefruits taking centre stage. Then there are notes of leather, mint, chocolate, as well as a hint of lemons. Smoke is there too but rather subdued, campfire style. All in all this is a complex and multi- layered nose.
The palate is medium-bodied and quite sweet, more so than the nose: I got notes of oranges, apples and honey. There is more smoke now, and towards the end there are malty and nutty flavours.
The finish is long and mouth watering. The orange and honey flavours are there again. Quite a bit woody and salty too.
Back in 2017 I reviewed the 10-year old 100 Proof and was so enthused with it that I made it a permanent fixture of my whisky cabinet on the spot. I must say that this “regular” 10-year old is not far behind its powered-up brother. It is an astonishingly complex and multi-layered whisky and also very well balanced. I am afraid this one, too, is bound to become a permanent fixture in my cabinet.
@Pierre_W - Nice review of one of my favourite ten year olds. I've had this side by side with the 10/100 and agree that it still holds its head up. Excellent value for money whisky!
I like this one, and when it was available for about (what was it...) $60 dollars I would have considered it a steal. Now it’s $80 and if I didn’t have one I would still consider it a value purchase.
A note about the timeline you touched on. In 2012 or 2013 my BIL and I bought a 200 cc bottle and it was excellent. I’m pretty sure it was unpeated. The one I bought 2 years ago is, I think, the result of rebranding and it does contain peat.
I agree with you about the 100 proof. To me the two are very different expressions, not just the difference that 14% alcohol makes.