Benromach’s corerange is so good, that it almost doesn’t make sense to release anything else. And yet, I can’t fault them at all for doing so. Their latest is the Benromach 2011 Contrasts: Triple Distilled. I probably don’t have to explain what sets this Benromach apart.
It’s the second time the distillery releases a triple distilled single malt. The first distillation takes place in the wash still, after which it passes through the spirit still twice. While Benromach generally produces quite a heavy, old school Speyside spirit, the Contrasts: Triple Distilled is a lighter style. And fruitier too, according to the distillery.
I guess you could sort of compare it to what Hazelburn is for Springbank. Which would make the Benromach Peat Smoke releases the equivalent to Longrow. The only difference is that the regular Benromach single malts are all double distilled, whereas Springbank is 2.5 times distilled.
Nose: Light, somewhat earthy peat smoke with subtle notes of petrichor, bran and burlap, but also melted butter and bananas, with whispers of pear skin. Somewhat zesty too. Taste: Silky mouthfeel, but not as oily as I’m used to from Benromach. Slightly ashy smoke with a hint of white pepper, but also plenty of fruitiness. Lemon peel, stewed apples and even some peach. Finish: A somewhat brine-y finish with lingering oak, wet pebbles and ashy smoke.
I can't help but compare this to the Benromach 10 Years, which I think is a classic, and it can't entirely keep up. The Benromach 2011 Contrasts: Triple Distilled is more narrow and, mos importantly, lacks the oily deliciousness that I just love about Benromach.
As a standalone whisky it's very good, and it's encouraging that there's still and old school feel to it, just try to forget about the core range Benromach 10 Years.