Benromach is an interesting distillery. They put out quite a few relatively young, very good and quite affordable expressions. This has built them quite a reputation amongst whisky aficionados despite their relatively low marketing signature. Aside from their core range they have quite a few annually released oddities: some interesting wine cask expressions, an organic malt and this.
Peat Smoke is a heavily peated Benromach, peated to around 67ppm, as opposed to the 10-15 ppm level of their regular malt, and is aged in first fill bourbon casks.
Aged 9 years. 46%ABV. Matured in first fill bourbon casks. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Grassy highland peat. Salt. Tar. Lemon drops. Ash. Porridge. Honey. Woody vanilla. With time the wood note becomes more prominent. A chalky note shows up too.
Palate: Tar. Earthy peat. Bitter wood. Salt. Bit of a herbal funky note. Sour apples. Pink lemonade.
Finish: Long. Salty. Herbal. Some lemon zest.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I usually love Benromach. And I really love heavily peated whiskies, but this one just didn’t sit right with me. The complexity died away a bit on the palate and there was a sweet fruity note that just didn’t gel with the peat profile here. I’d rather go with one of their core expressions for complexity or a young Ledaig if I craving a young, heavily peated whisky.