Reviewed and rated at our grand finale whisky tasting Best of the Best 2011.
Benromach 1981 (Oct/Nov) bottled Oct 2007 from refill sherry casks 1084, 1087, 1244-1246 at 58.1% Score 8.91 Came Fourth
NOSE: Dry, implied smoke? alc, youthful, vanilla custard, apple shampoo, creaming soda, oak.
PALATE: Sweet, creaming soda, wood, warm, bourbon fizz.
FINISH: Salt, quite long, but low, citrous twist
Scored 9.20 and came first at our Esoteric Speyside tastings in June 2011!
Nose: Woody, chocolate nuts, caramel pineapple, leather, tobacco, pine sawdust, anaesthetic gas, honey, ozone fizz, old.
Palate: "There's the Winner!" Salt, alcohol, varnish. Nod.
Finish: Spice, sweet tang, an energizer of a finish.
Nose: Closed. Sweet toffee with tropical fruits - pineapple and kiwi fruit. Some dry grass and cedar wood elements.
Palate: Powerful, very sweet - cloying, spices with burnt fruitcake flavours mellowing into leafy and dry glass Complex, rich and powerful
Finish: Gentle fruitiness with a hint of chocolate.
Style: A big, powerful whisky - full of Speyside character.