Blind Tasting Competition #5: Benromach 10yo
If my hunch is right, than I think we’re back to Speyside with sample #5 of the Blind Tasting Competition. It is either an old Speysider or a young one that imitates old Speyside-style. Or I’m just talking out of my ass and it is something completely different. Here are my tasting notes.
Nose: Smells like it is a mix of sherry and bourbon casks. Some light peat and a nice smoky quality. A bit herbal, but also flatbread and oak, next to some lemon and orange.
Taste: More oak, tannins, obviously this is a bit dry. Some smoke accompanied by rubber. Zesty and peppery as well. And citrus and some darker fruits as well.
Finish: Ashes and orange. Medium-length.
I like this style of whisky. I’m going with Benromach, because they intend to create a whisky with and old-style flavor profile. I think this is their new 10yo, so my guess for abv is 43 percent.
Turns out I nailed this one! I scored the maximum of 100 points and also took first place on the leaderboard of the Blind Tasting Competition.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.