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I visited Benromach in the summer of 2010, but since it was a Sunday and the distillery was closed, I did not get to see all that much. The day before we had visited the Gordon & Macphail shop in Elgin. Why am I telling you this? Well, since 1993 the distillery is owned by G&M. This single cask, a refill hogshead with number 1470, was bottled for the Belgian Premium Spirits.
The nose is light and fruity, like a compote of pears. A bit of honey and cinnamon. A touch of raisin and somewhat dusty. A hint of lager beer. Becomes pretty flowery. Leave it for more than fifteen minutes and you will get something close to almost-burnt caramel. Rather simply, but very inviting and fresh.
On the palate, it is very light – a bit too light for my taste – and very soft, but nicely spiced from the wood. Again pretty sweet. Peach and lemon join the pears.
The finish might have been a bit longer, if you ask me.
Nice Benromach, but too simple to really excite. Around 180 EUR.