Nose : Ample, firm. The assertive and straight style of Benromach is immediately apparent. With a simplicity that sounds like an obvious choice, this 15-year-old displays a splendid maturity. The sherry brings its share of citrus fruits, dried bananas as well as a certain salinity and dark chocolate. The bourbon casks add vanilla and spicy notes (pepper, nutmeg). The overall effect is very harmonious and “old-style” in appearance.
Palate : Complex yet inviting. Lighter than the nose suggested, its attack is particularly fruity (caramelized apples). Very quickly, the magic of wood takes effect with spices that ensure a frenzied pace. Black pepper, ginger, and nutmeg can be found. The finish is pastry-like (orange Pim’s, oatmeal dessert).
Finish : long, dynamic. A very slight trace of peat and smoke (ashes) borders on woody. Dried fruits (almond, date) confirm this evolution towards more aridity. It continues with notes of stone fruits (black cherry, prune). The retro-olfaction that oscillates between precious wood and malted barley also intermittently shows indulgence (vanilla ice cream).
Profile : Rich and complex.
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