A few months back a few single cask Benromach bottlings appeared each exclusively bottled for a number of whisky retailers in the Netherlands. This one was bottled for the well reknowned Whiskysite.nl to coincide with their annual Whisky in Leiden festival.
It’s quite young but Benromach have already proven that their whisky can work very well like that, and it’s been matured in ex-bourbon wood, which stands out from their current range, but has been used in older bottlings to some amazing effect.
Aged 9 years. 59.5% ABV. Matured in a first-fill bourbon barrel. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask #347.
Nose: Light wood. Wood smoke & new leather. Vanilla. Grassy notes. Lemon curd. Slight presence of honey. Some white pepper lurking in the background.
Palate: Yellow apples. Smoke. Leather. Unlit tobacco. Vanilla cream. Honey. Citrus oils. Beeswax.
Finish: Long. Bitter citrus. Waxy fruit peels. Cigar ash. Green herbs. 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
I’d best describe this as ‘crisp’, quite refreshing in the way only a well made young whisky can be but also with a decent helping of that rich and slightly dirty Benromach character to balance things out. It’s also surprisingly easy to drink at such a high ABV. If you like younger whiskies this is a really fantastic piece of craftsmanship.