Blind Tasting Competition 5: Benromach 10, 43%

Yesterday was a very good day for me with scoring 80 points. That is more than I scored in a week last year.

Today, I just hope to get some points. I try to trust my palate and refrain from getting too confident. That generally kills any sort of ‘at least I’m getting points’-streak in my case. Let’s see what today’s dram is about!

Sniff:
Dry with paper ash and cigars at first. Some dry refill sherry cask behind it. Some candy floss like sweetness too, quite a combination. It surely has a grilled beef edge to it. Some banana in there, and grilled peach.

Sip:
The palate starts of sweet, but turns dry and slightly spicy after that. A tiny note of oaky bitterness, with sweet vanilla, and an edge of beef again. With some sweet marinade. There is some concentrated peach flavor in there too, with the sweetness of banana. The cigar like flavor is present too, but comes in quite late.

Swallow:
The finish is surprisingly rich compared to the palate. The cigars, beef, gentle smokiness, it’s all here. It’s quite long too.

This is definitely a fine dram. Something that’s right up my alley with some really heavy flavors without ever getting too cloying. The alcohol is on the low side this time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a 43% dram.

Now, for my guess, I’m gravitating towards Mortlach because of the heavy, beefy flavors and smells. Now, to find an expression that fits the credentials. I think this one isn’t too old as the spirit is pretty clearly present and there isn’t too much wood influence yet.

Getting back to that alcohol statement. After taking a second sip it sure tastes a lot stronger. And heavier. Very interesting, and big. This is a big whisky.

After the reveal:

I should have stuck to my 43% idea for more points. Although, this being that Benromach 10 of a while ago, I am not overly surprised. Back then it tasted way more intense than such a supposedly timid release had rights to. A very intense dram of a style long missed from the Scottish whisky landscape. I love Benromach for releasing this stuff at such an acceptable price point!

About the price. I recently heard from someone that G&M covers part of Benromach’s costs by their indie bottlings and that’s why it is so affordable. Noble, but not very sustainable. I hope they keep this up, but I fear for a decision to undo this, if it’s true.

So, in short, I’m going to repeat my previous post on the Benromach 10: Get yourself a bottle of this. One of my favorite drams of 2014.

Benromach 10, 43%. For sale everywhere and should be around € 40

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to Blind Tasting Competition 5: Benromach 10, 43%

  1. Sandokan says:

    I Agree with you Sjoerd, it’s lovely stuff and Benromach deserves to be recognized!

  2. Pingback: Wrapping up the Blind Tasting Competition of 2014 | Malt Fascination

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