A couple of days ago I reviewed a handfilled Benromach, and I follow that up with a review of another handfill. Same recipe: distilled in 2006 and then put into an ex-bourbon cask. It was bottled in 2015.
Nose: Fairly alcoholic, but luckily it has more to offer. Vanilla and oak with fresh lemon squeeze and pink grapefruit as well, giving it a nice freshness. Only the slightest trace of peat. Taste: As the nose already suggested, this is pretty sharp. Too much black pepper. Water takes care of that somewhat. Toffee and vanilla again, with a thin layer of nectarine. Finish: Feisty, warming. Vanilla. Medium in length.
There’s stuff that I like, but the alcohol is very present at only eight years of age. I wonder how this would’ve fared had it gotten another eight years in the cask.