In small batches, the Benromach distillery produces a single malt with “high levels of peat smoke”. The 35 ppm used for this batch is rather high for a Speyside distillery, and left alone for eight years in first fill ex-Bourbon barrels, it does the trick quite nice.
46% abv, €40, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour
Nose: smoky, briny, a sea breeze, sweet, vanilla, a touch of wood, milk chocolate, fresh cream, salted butter, a hint of mint
Palate: warm, sweet, bbq-smoke, honeycomb, a touch of salt, spicy, cinnamon, mint
Finish: medium long. smoky – not ashy, sweet, honey, creamy
Conclusion: I could do a whole bottle of this. She is a rather you (8yo) whisky, but as with many peated whiskies, age is no argument (and an argument for another time anyway) and might even be something that fits many peated malts. She does not reflect an Islay malt – nor is that the intention of the distillery, and one should not expect a beefy road-worker in a glass. She is more like a lady that smokes a cigar; rarely seen, and sophisticated in her own way. Lovely even.
distilled in 2002, bottled in 2010, matured in 1st fill ex-Bourbon
Thanks to Werner Bos for leaving the bottle with a heel with us, for us to do a note.