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Type – Single Malt
Age – 12 Year Old
Location – Speyside
Casks – Ex-Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Price – £52
Smokiness – 2/5
Fruitiness – 3.5/5
Oakiness – 3.5/5
Spiciness – 2/5
Boldness – 4/5
Taste – 4/5
Nose – 3.5/5
Value – 4/5
It’s easy to understand why this whisky has received so much praise. The Speyside single malt from Benromach is easy to drink and is a great option for those looking to get into scotch. The first sip will make you feel like you’ve just eaten vanilla flavoured chocolate. You’d almost think it’s been flavoured artificially, thankfully it has not and the more you drink the more you realise it’s just an amazing scotch.
This is a well balanced whisky and the fact that it has been aged for 15 years means that you get more flavour out of the ex-Bourbon and sherry casks. The distillery suggests that there is a ‘touch of smoke’ but this really is just a slight hint and this shouldn’t put any whisky fans who are opposed to peaty tastes.
Benromach really pulled one out of the bag with this one and definitely a Scotch and Sounds recommendation.
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