Benromach 2009 Peat Smoke

Benromach 2009 Peat Smoke

(0.7l, 46%)


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All smoke and no mirrors.

Duncan MacCallum and F. W. Brickmann got together in 1898 and founded Benromach Distillery Company with some damn unfortunate timing. Scotch Whisky was having a bit of a crisis and the pair went broke shortly after opening their doors in 1900. Ever since, the distillery has closed and re-opened several times as it changed ownership, faced world wars, and tried to modernize. In 1993, they were purchased by Gordon and MacPhail — an independent bottler that was turning their cash-flow into production ownership, and notable single malts. The label was successfully relaunched once again, with an official ribbon-cutting by none other than Prince Charles in 2004.

Cut to 2014, when the first single malt was released and brought with it the accolades and awards — including a "Best Speyside Single Malt — 12 Years and Under" at the World Whisky Awards in 2014. For that feat they had to beat Glenlivet, Macallan, Balvenie… as well as Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, and Aberlour... There are no less than 42 Speyside single malt brands out there and this little gem emerged as #1. How's that for a revival?

For the 2009 edition of their Peat Smoke they upgraded the trademark Speyside single malt fruitiness with some serious smoke. It's a small batch affair, as are most bottles coming from the decidedly low-volume distillery. This edition has a tad less peat smoke than its predecessor with phenol levels clocking in at 42ppm (parts per million — for the smoke geeks out there). Oh, and we nearly forgot! It's matured in first fill oak bourbon barrels. Yes, please!
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Maturation
    First-fill Bourbon Barrels

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rose gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Smoky vanilla, honey and jerky with hints of apricot and lemon as well as subtle tobacco notes.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Cracked pepper, citrusy fruitiness ranging from sweet strawberry to grapefruit and orange, just a dash of aniseed.

Finish is long and smoky with a hint of aniseed, bonfire embers and cocoa powder. 

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Ratings & Reviews
Hate peat
Light peat/smoke. Costco Arizona exclusive Single Cask barrel #594. One of 208 bottles. Distilled 2010 bottled 2020
Tasty, both peaty and smooth, not as sweet as I read though. - Nose: Peat, smoke, clay - Palate: Wood, smoke, lots of tar, medicinal, salty - Finish: Smoke, pepper, medicinal"
A good introduction to peated Scotch. Smokey, but not overwhelming. A little spicy, a little grassy, very smooth.
It has just enough depth to make it interesting and wanting more. Smoke and fruit on the nose with a hint of pepper and smoke from beginning to end and a satisfying finish of sweet chocolate that puts a big smile on your face. If you think that Peated whisky is all about Laphroaig then tasing this one will help you change your mind... is it smokey, hell yes... is it heavy smoke that requires every second sip to be water, AKA Laphroaig, no this is subtle and deep. Hey, I love the heavy smoked Whisky and yet adore the smoothness of an Irish Whiskey, I go both ways :-) but do not ignore this great hand made peated dram from Speyside.
Quite interesting and different to other peaty ones. I’m not sure I could have more than a couple though.
Love it. Extreme spice and smoke right up front. This is down on the end of the spectrum with Laphroaig. If you aren't a fan of smoke/peat - you'll want to avoid this one.
Aroma had smoke as promised, tied in with sweeter hints of strawberries and vanilla, maybe a bit of chocolate. Flavour was pleasant with the smokiness which was quickly torn away with the pepper taste. Struggled to find other aromas other than a watery hint of strawberry.
Salty and smoky
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