The Benromach 21 year old has been added to the core range of the distillery since last year. For a long time, it was the 15 year old who was the oldest in the range, but this has now been taken over by this newcomer.
For this single malt, the distillery has used the combination of 1st fill bourbon barrels and sherry casks as we also see with most others in the core range, which is to ensure that classic Benromach style. Bottled at a strength of 43% ABV.
Benromach 21 year old tasting notes:
Nose: cranberries at first. Young blueberries and red apples. A pinch of honey. Milk chocolate. A whiff of tobacco leaves and leather. Vanilla and marzipan. Caramel fudge, followed by a little bit of oak. Oranges too.
Taste: rather creamy with quite some chocolate on the arrival. Cranberries again and oranges. A hint of smoke. A layer of honey and a touch of oak. Some ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of crushed black peppercorns.
Finish: mid-long to long, a little drying with dark chocolate with cranberries and oranges. A touch of smoke and oak.
Beautiful dram. There is a lot going on in the nose and that makes it very interesting. I keep going back to smell it and constantly discover new scents. The taste is slightly less complex than you would expect from the nose, but still very good. A great addition to the core range!
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