This is a relatively new addition to the Benromach range. They have opted for 57% ABV rather than cask strength version. I guess this will lead to a more consistent product but it is more than a higher ABV version of the 10 Years Old in my opinion. I really liked this whisky and it is well worth the extra money over the 10 years old.
Nose: Initially there's treacle and demarara sugar sweetness backed by freshly baked biscuits, sponge cake crust and apples cooked so they have caramelised.
Taste: Mouth coating. Then there is a punch of wood smoke all the time getting sweeter. There is also a saltiness like crisps. A few drops of water boosts the impact.
Finish: Long and very lingering smokiness. Sweet. Cracked pepper and chili spice add to the invigorating finish.
Now in the new style Benromach packaging but also for my money a different liquid. We used to fool people with this one as being from a sherry cask which it certainly was not. I really do not think you could do that now. A good whisk but I was disappointed with the apparent change in the liquid. I probably need to retry this one.
Nose: Boiled sweets and pear drops. Peach skins and barley sugar.
Taste: Sweet, spicy and light smoke. There's also something like a dab of blackcurrant jam. Interestingly the smoke gets more pronounced with time.
Finish: Sugar water and golden syrup.