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Benromach 2009 - 2019 Batch 1

Highland smoke and sherry

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@HewieReview by @Hewie

9th Apr 2020


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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.

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Nozinan commented

Nice review. I watched the same move with my kids a while back. Gotta love Disney Plus!

I have a sample of this and I hope to put it H2H with the 10/100.

about one year ago 5Who liked this?

Hewie commented

@Nozinan when you say the same one is it the 2009 or the 2008 version? Both are called Batch 1

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

65glenfarclas commented

@Hewie this one shows "batch 1" distilled 2009 bottled 2019 at 58.8% (9 years old). LCBO has one on their website and the photo shows "batch 1" distilled 2008 bottled 2019 at 57.9% (10 years old). I would guess they are planning to bottle the "vintages" at different ages, each with a different batch #, similar to Balblair before they switched back to age statements?

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

Nozinan commented

@cricklewood gave me the sample, so may be able to give more detail Unfortunately my samples are sealed off with the rest of my whisky for the duration.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

BlueNote commented

@Nozinan I’m anxious to see that HtoH (post Passover of course) as I still have some of the 100 and am tempted to go for the replacement.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

Hewie commented

@BlueNote a couple of weeks ago I did a wee H2H with these two. In the "So, what are you drinking now?" thread I wrote "The Batch 1 had more bright red fruit and the 10 100 more savoury and almost herbal notes. Both cracking drams. Interestingly the peat in the Batch 1 seemed slightly more phenolic and almost more island like in comparison. If I had to pick a winner the new Batch 10 may have just edged out the 10 100." Then in response to a question "I've really enjoyed this bottle (the 10/100). It is a big, powerful whisky but I'm very happy to drink it undiluted. i usually get a lovely old leather and old book feel with this. It has some sweetness but tends more towards the savoury side. In comparison to the Batch 1, which has a bit more sherry influence, the bourbon side was more obvious with some vanilla and caramel notes. Both excellent in their own right."

about one year ago 3Who liked this?

OdysseusUnbound commented

@Hewie Thanks for the review. This sounds terrific. I’ve got a bottle of the 10/100, and if there’s less sherry influence, it may actually be more to my liking than this one (although I’m only judging this one based on your description).

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

KRB80 commented

I still haven't seen any of these out in the wild. I hoarded a few bottles of the 10/100 to hold me over though.

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

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