My affinity for Benromach is no secret. It is one of the earliest distilleries I visited. One of my first paid writing assignments was on them. Most importantly, Benromach makes hella delicious whisky. And yet, it’s been six years (!) since I last reviewed the Benromach 10 Years.
I rarely review a whisky more than once. The Benromach 10 Years is the exception. It has featured thrice on these pages, but the last time was in 2017. I loved it so much back then, I couldn’t help but include a curse word in my tasting notes. “Incredibly impressive and proof that affordable whisky can still equal really, really good whisky”, is what I wrote back then.
The best thing is, I can still remember writing those tasting notes. There’s this snapshot edged into my retina. Me sitting at the dining table having this sort of emotional moment. Not because it was the best whisky I ever tasted. But simply because a trusty friend showed up and exceeded expectations. Maybe that’s why I haven’t taken the time to sit down and write tasting notes once again – afraid to be disappointed.
I should mention that I haven’t gone six years without the Benromach 10 Years in my life. It’s been given the proper love and attention. Just not on my blog.
Benromach 10 Years (43%, OB, 2022)
Nose: It’s a little shy at first, but becomes more confident after a few minutes. The classic barbecue smoke, paprika powder and zesty oranges are all here. There’s a hint of minerality, notes of fresh plaster, furniture polish and a touch of eucalyptus. Taste: Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel – despite the low abv. Wood smoke is prevalent, combined with leather, tobacco and cured meat. A whisper of charcoal too, but also charred orange peel and some dark chocolate. Finish: Medium length. Gentle smoke, cigar tobacco and subtle spices. Some citrus too.
So, so good! Maybe not as rich as I remember, but still remarkably full-bodied and tasty. The Benromach 10 Years remains one of the best-value whiskies that I know of.