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Benromach Cask Strength (First Fill Bourbon)

Two More Benromachs - Part II

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

23rd Apr 2017

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  • Nose
    20
  • Taste
    18
  • Finish
    19
  • Balance
    20
  • Overall
    77

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This is a sample from @Nozinan of a 10 year old cask strength Benromach.

The colour is a light pale straw - completely different and much lighter than either the standard 10 or the 100 Proof. On the nose it's high alcohol with pear, light peat, jasmine and kumquat. Rather medicinal. Very citrusy - lots of lemon pith. Freshly mown grass. Fresh seaside air. Water smooths things out a little. Not bad but not distinctive.

Not overwhelming on the palate, with brine, canned pears and the lightest of peat smoke. Huge amount of lemon pith. Water brings out the malty sweetness. A bit one-note without as much complexity as you might hope.

The finish is mouth-drying with more lemon citrus and light spices. Honestly, this doesn't even seem like it's from the same distillery. I guess this shows you what a good sherry cask can do! This cask strength bottling is all brine and citrus, with a bit of peat (surprisingly less than what I get from the 100 Proof). If you really like your cask strength malts, then you might like this more than I did, but I thought it lacked dimension.

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6 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

For the record, this one wasn't from me. I only give you good stuff, with the possible exception of stuff you try BECAUSE it is bad (Lambertus anyone?).

I've never owned a Benromach other than the 100/10

2 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

My apologies - I could have sworn it had come from you. Well, then I have no idea who it came from then....the label is not my handwriting.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

maltmate302 commented

@talexander I've just tracked this expression down on whiskybase. I was intrigued that a cask strength Benromach received such a low score from you, especially as I know how much you enjoy the current 10 year old at cask strength. The bottling is a 2002 distillate released in April 2012 and 36 whiskybase members​ gave it a score of 84.82 so they seem to like it a bit more than you do.

2 years ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@maltmate302 My girlfriend also liked it a lot more than I did! In fact I sat with those 3 whiskies (the cask strength, the 100 Proof and the standard 10yo), sipped them all slowly with a cigar on the front porch on a nice sunny day....and at the end of my afternoon I still felt the same way about the malts.

2 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@talexander I've never sipped whisky through a cigar before. Did you use a separate cigar for each? or how did you "clean" the cigar between whiskies? Did you get any "vegetal" notes?

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander commented

@Nozinan I only use cigars as whisky straws when I don't have any Twizzlers handy.

2 years ago 3Who liked this?

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