[Quick Review] Benromach - Vintage 2010 58.5%

Distillery: Benromach

Bottler: Distillery

Age: 11 years old

Distilled: 2010

Bottled: 2021

Cask: 1st fill (Sherry and Bourbon)

Abv: 58.5%

Unchillfiltered: Yes

Natural Colour: Yes

Nb of bottles: 292

Extra: Batch 1 (bottling of 18 casks) 

Distilled in 2010, aged in 18 first-fill hogshead casks (a mix of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry I believe) bottled in 2021 at the natural cask strength of 58.5%, unchillfiltered and uncoloured.

My tasting notes:

Nose: Fruity, earthy and spicy. Barley, vanilla, peat smoke, ripe figs, hints of clove and cinnamon, orange, some nuttiness and some dark chocolate. The alcohol is not overpowering and it definitely smells of a well-made whisky!

Palate: Rich, fruity and spicy. Dark fruits, stewed plums and blackberries mixed with black pepper and oak spice. Dunnage warehouse, apple and ginger crumble, spicy honey, slight bitter cocoa and orange pith. The earthy smoke has moved to the background.

Finish: Earthy, warming with wood smoke, stewed dark fruits, dried oak, vanilla, a touch of milk chocolate and some hints of creamy cashew nuts. Quite drying.

With water: The nose loses some earthiness but gains in fresh fruit, white peach and grapes, acacia honey and orange. The palate loses some spicy heat and again gains some fruity notes (red berries) The finish is still earthy and woody with less smoke and more vanilla sweetness. Still rather creamy.

Overall, this is an outstanding single malt for me. As I said before, it is very-well made and tastes of pure traditional quality. It definitely makes me want more, more from this bottle and more from the Benromach distillery!

Slainte all!

Thanks again to the Benromach distillery for sending me the bottle!

Please enjoy Benromach responsibly


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