The Hermitage 2007 is a Benromach, which first has matured for six years in first fill ex-Bourbon casks, before being transferred into casks from the Hermitage Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, in the northern Rhône region of France for a 31 month long finish, after which the contents is transferred into 3.300 bottles in 2016.
45% abv, €45
Nose: sweet, floral, violets, hay, cereals, milk chocolate, sour cherries, hints of liquorice root and mint, macadamia nuts
Palate: fruit, berries, raspberries, slightly mouth drying yet still creamy, citrus, lemon juice, spicy, hints of cinnamon liquorice root and anise
Finish: long, sweet, fruity, raspberries, strawberries, sour cherries, citrus, limes,
Conclusion: A rough start, but she opens up when left for half an hour or so. Still an okay dram, but has lost some of the distinct Benromach characteristics, of which I miss the hint of peat the most.
.this sample was kindly given to us by Benromach