Once again I’ve been too busy to post reviews on the blog but I had a very good reason: a house move. Barely time to breath and my whisky was stored away during the move, but now it’s back to normal so let’s resume with a review of the new Benromach 15 Year Old.
It comes on the heels of the last year very successful re-launch of the 10 year old and G&M tucked on here additional 5 years, staying with sherry and ex-bourbon casks combo but is it like the 10 yo or does it go in a different route?
Nose: Soft nose with very G&M like profile. There are nuts and lots of spices with ginger and white pepper leading the pack, soft oak wood, vanilla cream, wispy smoke and sharp menthol. I let it rest in the glass for a few minutes and got chocolate, sherry spices, bit of dried fruits, tangerines and oranges peels fragrance.
Palate: Bitterness, menthol, nuts, spicy with ginger again and also oak spices, sweet orange fruits, sharp, milk chocolate and bright plums.
Finish: Medium length finish. Very spicy, sharp oak spices, smoke but it’s balanced and not overpowering.
Thoughts: If you expected a similar yet more mature expression of the 10yo, you’re in for a surprise. This one has a very different profile with focus on the spicier and oak side. But mind you – it’s may be different from the 10 but it’s still a very good, harmonious and lovely expression from Benromach. I now wonder when will there be a 18/21 yo expression.