Sorry about dropping out for a while during Feis but life took over with extra work, other projects and serious read binge (The 5 books of The Demon Cycle. Not bad at all). But now it’s time to get back into the reviewing mode.
Although I owe you three reviews from Feis (Kilchoman, Bunnahabhain and Ardbeg), those will integrated into the schedule in the coming weeks and today I wanna focus on an interesting whisky – An official Benromach 12 Year Old in Cask strength bottled exclusively for Taiwan market.
It’s always fun to lay hands on a bottle destined for different markets as you get to try official bottles with different flavor profiles targeted at the target market preferences.
Benromach 12 Year Old Cask Strength 2017 Batch #1 (58.9%)
Nose: Chocolate-y, dirty with a touch of sulphur (but in a good way), peat and subtle smoke, strong dried fruit and biscuits.
Palate: Dark dried fruit, dirty with peat, smoke and dry oak spices, dark chocolate, short burst if sparkling light summer fruit and then baking spices with strong cinnamon presence and white pepper, sour chocolaty berries.
Finish: Medium long length, lingering sweet dark chocolate filled with dried fruit, drying spiciness, oak, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Thoughts: Definitely shares DNA with the 10 Year Old 100 proof but this one is far more sherried (it maybe even 100% sherried whisky) with strong chocolate, cinnamon and dried fruits. This is good stuff and I hope Benromach will extend the availability of future Cask Strength batches to more markets.