Benromach Cask Strength 2003

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Benromach got quite a lot of attention in 2014 with it’s re-branded 10-year-old. The 100 proof version of that whisky is one of my absolute favourites and has a really lovely peaty, sherried profile.I started to also notice this bottling floating around, using the old labeling.

There are a few different vintages and versions, but mostly the same idea, around 10 years old, cask strength and either single cask or a small number of casks, all 1st fill bourbon. Interest piqued. I was unsure if I should pull the trigger on a whole bottle because it was a little more pricey than the aforementioned 100 proof 10-year-old, and was having no like finding a sample.

Luckily the Whisky Museum in Tel Aviv had a bottle, so I finally got to try some.

Aged 10 years. 59.4%ABV. Matured in first fill bourbon casks. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from casks 497 – 504.

Nose: Buttery popcorn. Charred wood. Smokey porridge. Oil dust. The filling from lemon cremes. White pepper. Slightly floral. Light grape juice.

Palate: Quite peppery. Loads of woodspice. Dry, earthy Peat. Creamy oatmeal. Lemon drops.

Finish: Long. Lemony. Dry Wood. Wood smoke. Honey.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 4/5

I really liked this. The bourbon influence gives it a completely different and far more aggressive character compared to the 10-year-old 100 proof, but it’s still a fantastic bottling. It really shows off that mainland style of peat that I really like, with some light fruits playing a supporting role.

I ended up getting a bottle, definitely well worth the price asked.

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