Last night, while watching a movie with my 16 year old daughter (Captain Marvel - not really my cup of tea but when your daughter wants to spend time with you.....), I was dramming Benromach Cask Strength 2009 – 2019 Batch 1 bottled at 58.8%. This is the most recent release from Benromach and so far there is little to no info on the net about it (not even on the Benromach website).
Nose: wet wood, tarred ropes, wet wool, forest floor, red berries, ripe red apples, honey, bees wax, nutmeg, charred wood, glazed ham, sweet nuts, eucalyptus
Palate: peat – slightly phenolic, sharp red fruit, sour red berries, spices – cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla sweetness, orange peel, slightly meaty. Some dunnage funk.
Finish: lingering charred sticks – a bit ashy, old oak, some tannins – black tea, lingering spices, brown sugar sweetness, faint or eucalyptus or mint. Quite long.
Although this is not from their ‘Peat Smoke’ series there is still quite a bit of peat influence in this. If you know the older Benromach 10 year old 100 proof (57%) this newer Batch 1 has a lot more sherry influence compared to more of the vanilla and caramel notes in the 10/100. This is a thoroughly enjoyable whisky with plenty going on - another worthy contender in the battle of the peated and sherried whiskies.