A Quick Look at 2 Benromachs

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Benromach 10 Years Old 100 Proof

This is a relatively new addition to the Benromach range.  They have opted for 57% ABV rather than cask strength version.  I guess this will lead to a more consistent product but it is more than a higher ABV version of the 10 Years Old in my opinion.  I really liked this whisky and it is well worth the extra money over the 10 years old.

Nose:  Initially there's treacle and demarara sugar sweetness backed by freshly baked biscuits, sponge cake crust and apples cooked so they have caramelised.

Taste:  Mouth coating.  Then there is a punch of wood smoke all the time getting sweeter.  There is also a saltiness like crisps.  A few drops of water boosts the impact.

Finish:  Long and very lingering smokiness.  Sweet.  Cracked pepper and chili spice add to the invigorating finish.

Benromach 10 100 Proof

Benromach Organic

Now in the new style Benromach packaging but also for my money a different liquid.  We used to fool people with this one as being from a sherry cask which it certainly was not.  I really do not think you could do that now.   A good whisk but I was disappointed with the apparent change in the liquid.  I probably need to retry this one.

Nose:  Boiled sweets and pear drops.  Peach skins and barley sugar.

Taste:  Sweet, spicy and light smoke.  There's also something like a dab of blackcurrant jam.  Interestingly the smoke gets more pronounced with time.

Finish:  Sugar water and golden syrup.

Benromach Organic 2014