Tasted at a Malt Mongers Israel evening.
So the day after the insane Cadenhead tasting I mentioned in my last post, it was our whisky club’s (Malt Mongers Israel – MMI) scheduled monthly get together. The theme was Benromach. It was kind of a last minute thing we cobbled together from the Benromach range locally available, all of which I’ve reviewed at some point barring the Organic. But as a special treat we also had a special bottle, this 35 year old gem.
Aged 35 years. 43% ABV (sad reacts only).
Nose: Rich wood. Woodspice. Cedar. Light pepper. Plums. Stewed peaches. Sultanas. Marmite. Marmalade. Caramel rounds.
Palate: Dry wood. Oak. Acacia sap. Maple syrup. Woodspice. Capers. Oranges in dark chocolate.
Finish: Medium. Dry wood. Slight sherry sweetness. Unlit tobacco. Pepper. Salty toffee.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I hate to say it but this didn’t live up to expectations. Don’t get me wrong, it was a bloody nice whisky, and the nose was an absolute treat, but sadly with the very low ABV and filtration took a lot out of it especially with the palate and finish. Whiskies this old can be quite delicate and should really be enjoyed as is. For the premium you pay for the age, what you get is underwhelming.