The Benromach 15 year old was added to the core range in 2015. It has matured in a combination of bourbon casks (80%) and sherry casks (20%), and then married in Oloroso sherry casks for 6 years. It’s the same process as it is the same process as that used by his younger brother, the 10 year old. Only the whisky stays 5 years longer in the Oloroso cask. This would give it more of a sherry character. So let’s see how this will be.
This Benromach is bottled at 43% ABV.
Benromach 15 year old tasting notes:
Nose: Caramel and stewed apples. This is followed by some spices like cinnamon and cloves. There is a faint touch of smoke. A touch of leather too. Some honey sweetness but not typically honey. Then some darker fruits like dates and some prunes. That’s quite nice.
Taste: Sweet apples, and some sweetness from honey, and also a bit of caramel. A touch of pepper. Than back to stewed apples again, but also some fresh apples here. It is somewhat thin on the palate.
Finish: Again the apples, some prunes. But the finish is quite short.
The combination of sherry and bourbon casks seems to work well. They managed to create a very drinkable Benromach. But I do think the 10 year old is a bit better. Seems like the Benromach profile that I like so much is a bit lost here. Nevertheless, it is still a nice whisky.