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Benromach 2004 Peat Smoke


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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

17th Jan 2014


Benromach 2004 Peat Smoke
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  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Benromach 2004 Peat Smoke has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and it's ppm level is 53. A citrus perfumed peaty dram with nice sophisticated smoke following in the background. Rarely you get a smoky whisky that feels this smooth. No wonder it's from Speyside...

For the record, this was part of our Speyside blind tasting and there had been three whiskys tasted before this, so this might explain the smoothness.

Somehow I managed to guess it's age (9 years) and distillery, which is a weird equation along with my tasting notes (about the smoothness).

Anyway, Benromach Peat Smoke is definitely like Juno played by Ellen Page in the movie called "Juno". Young and unexperienced, yet whip-sharply quick-witted (whatever that means in the whisky world).

Nose: Peaty, very mildly smoky. Very fresh but mild salty sea air with hints of citrus.

Taste: Little bit peaty with crispy and dry citrus. Oily. Two drops of water made the peat stronger and gave it a minty feel.

Finish: Dry, woody and fruity with hints of smoke.

Balance: Light bodied, young but good smoky dram overall. Finish was a bit too dull and quick but with young and smoky drams you can expect it to be. Very tasty.

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