Well I’ve been posting some old notes from all the Benromachs I’ve tried in the past, and the new notes from the Benromach Peat Smoke 2006, and now for the cherry on top, this well aged dram.
I actually prefer younger whiskies (and so does my wallet), but I always love trying the super aged stuff from distilleries I like to see how the age affects the character of the spirit. Benromach is a particular favourite so I was very excited to get hold of this sample.
Aged 30 years. 43%ABV. Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks.
Nose: Honey. Acetone. Rich wood. Stewed pears in wine sauce. Spearmint. Oranges. Peaches (peach flavouring to be precise). Smoked turkey pastrami. Pepper. Aniseed. Some very very light woodspice.
Palate: Dry wood. Peaches. Fennel. Aniseed. Melon. Nutmeg Some dark fruit notes. Dates. A bit of a floral note. Maybe a little earthy peat.
Finish: Medium. Light splintery wood. Unlit tobacco. Charcoal. Date honey.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was quite a nice older whisky. It was quite sprightly for it’s age, especially on the palate, and there were some very interesting herbal notes on it. It had lost a good deal of the Benromach character, for example I could barely find any peat in here, and it was much more into the generic Speyside malt territory, albeit very good 30 year old generic Speyside malt.