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This tasting and review followed that of the Benraich 15 year old PX cask finish. The Sonnalta has a similar rosy hue to the Benraich in the glass, but the aroma is much lighter and cleaner with well defined elements of fruit, (damsons and sloes), some light smoke like from singed hot cross buns, and some of that complex slightly herby Glenmorangie aroma.
The delivery is again rich and syrupy with lots of sweet fruit, glace cherries, blackcurrant and damsons, but there is clear malt whisky backbone to this dram which was lacking in the Benraich. The characteristic hints of vanilla, lavender and cinnamon are refreshing and reassuring under the cloak of all the delicious syrupy fruit. The finish is mellow like buttered toast with blackcurrant jam. A fine end to a fine malt.
Compared to the Benraich this is much more elegant offering, the malt and cask marrying in a much more harmonious balance each contributing the whole.