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Type – Single Malt
Age – 10 Year Old
Location – Speyside
Casks – First fill Bourbon and Sherry casks
Price – £33.95
Smokiness – 2/5
Fruitiness – 2.5/5
Oakiness – 2/5
Spiciness – 2/5
Boldness – 2.5/5
Taste – 4/5
Nose – 4/5
Value – 4.5/5
The problem reviewing this whisky is that it’s so moreish that it was hard finding the time to write rather than consume. We’ve given it a high score. This is not to say that it’s big 15 year old brother is inferior, it’s more for the price this 10 Year Old Single Malt from Benromach is extremely good value for money and very balanced in flavour.
Benromach has been on a bit of a journey recently (in whisky years anyway). Their old products, like their ‘Origins’ scotch were extremely Sherry-ish. They’ve also just undergone a huge re-branding and is going all out with their advertising (at the time of writing anyway). In some ways, we’re pleased to review the now old style bottle as the logo feels different to other brands out there. That being said, the more we see the new branding, the more it makes sense. It’s simple and the red and white visual identity really works, particularly when you see it on marketing channels.
Anyway, back to the Benromach 10 Year Old Scotch from Speyside. The nose is sweet with almost caramel or banana aromas but it’s definitely leaning on the bourbon-y side before you taste it.
The taste is where the sherry casks kick in, along with the bourbon you get from the nose. The element which really makes this scotch memorable is the malted cereal taste. It feels like you’re having breakfast at the end of the day but in a good way, it’s comforting. It’s perhaps not as refined as the 15 year old sibling but that’s what you would expect from the extra five years in the barrel. That being said, there’s always a time and place for a slightly more rugged scotch.
Finally, the finish is very oaky, which is nice and there’s a very slight hint of fennel. You get a real sense of the barrel it belonged in at the end.
If you’re looking for a regular to have in your whisky cabinet, this is great option. It won’t break the bank and doesn’t compromise on flavour.
This scotch is pretty well balanced for a 10 year old without being over-powering. We’d suggest not adding anything to this one. It’s not light, so if you’re new to whisky, it might be worth adding a tad of water.
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