This batch is a lot larger, with almost 8.000 bottles it is more than double the size of the previous one. It has received a finish of 28 months in ex-Sassicaia casks, resulting in an interesting pink color.
Nose: Warm and subtle barbecue smoke, signature Benromach. Aromas of red berries, cherry candy cane, cotton candy and orange lemonade. A hint of sugar. Hovering on the border of becoming too sweet, but staying just on the right side. Taste: Spicy stuff, with a big pinch of pepper and a whiff of cloves. Ginger too. There’s some soft red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. As well as subtle notes of smoke and peat. Finish: Short to medium, with a hint of peat transforming into mellow red fruit.
Very similar to the previous batch, which might’ve had a bit richer palate, if I remember correctly. Fine whisky, but I still don’t see the added value of having these wine finished expressions. Haven’t seen it in shops yet, but won’t be long I guess.