Every self-respecting whisky festival has its own festival bottling. For the 15th edition of the International Whiskyfestival in Ghent a first fill bourbon barrel was selected from the warehouses of the Speysider Benromach. Only 187 bottles were available at the festival, bottled at 58.6% cask strength.
A fresh nose that brings the spring into my glass. Loads of vanilla, breakfast cereals and young apples on light brown sugar. Werther’s Original. Something herbal, but quite elusive. Freshly cut grass, gooseberries and a hint of unripe banana. White chocolate and almonds. I quite like this.
The arrival is quite sturdy, but that is no surprise. Very spicy on ginger, nutmeg and a pinch of white pepper. It even has a salty edge, which I quite like. That nicely counters the sweetness of the caramel, vanilla and white fruit. It also has a dusty element, making it somewhat old school. Nothing but good news.
The finish is medium long on more of the same, with again that dusty element at the death, that really shines in this whisky.
Very attractive Benromach. Thanks for the sample, Anthony.