A little bit overdue, but today we have something special in the form of the Benromach Cask no.1. I believe that this has long been sold out, but nonetheless an interesting one to review.

So Cask no.1. What it’s all about. Well, it was the first cask that was filled after the distillery was reopened. And last year on August 21, exactly 20 years after the cask was filled, the whisky was bottled. To celebrate their 20th anniversary. There were only 575 bottles available, so that’s quite rare.

This Benromach has matured in a first-fill sherry butt and is bottled at 60.1 % ABV.

Benromach Cask no.1 tasting notes:

Nose: Stewed apples and pears. Oranges as well. Some citrus. A bit nutty. And also a hint of honey. A little restrained at first. But after a while it opens up.  Some marzipan later. Milk chocolate. And applepie?

Taste: It’s quite oily, nice! And very nice to do without water. Oranges, a hint of lemon. It’s quite sweet at some point, but very very nice. Caramel. Some honey sweetness. A touch of oak. And custard.

Finish: Walnut, quite spicy too.

An excellent whisky, and what an interesting chance to try something like this. Even at 60.1% ABV it doesn’t really need water. Dangerous! 😉

Thanks to Benromach for sending me this sample.