Benromach Cask Strength Vintage 2008

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Its been a busy few weeks at EWB, hosting tastings and events, attending dinners and product launches, and generally having a good ol’ time of it. However, it has meant that I’ve been lacking somewhat in keeping up with new releases. Not that I’m complaining whatsoever, but it’s about time I got back up to speed what what’s new on the market.

First up is Benromach’s new Cask Strength Vintage 2008, which will replace the 100° Proof in the core range. Their last young(ish) cask strength offering was blinding stuff (not literally). I thought the Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured was fantastic, and I know I wasn’t the only one. The first batch of the Cask Strength Vintage 2008 was bottled earlier this year at 57.9% and limited to 5,500 bottles.

Benromach distillery manager, Keith Cruickshanks, commented on the release, saying: “By offering the opportunity to own and enjoy batch releases, we are able to further showcase the expertise of our distilling team while determining the right time to bottle each batch to take full advantage of the remarkable single malt whiskies we produce. We believe this expression will allow Benromach drinkers to understand more about the provenance of the whisky they are drinking. Every whisky we release has been carefully handcrafted by our close-knit team of distillers. While retaining the overall flavours that Benromach consumers have enjoyed in Benromach 100° Proof, the new Cask Strength Vintage release will differ subtly in both strength and flavour profile, reflecting the specific casks chosen from the vintage year.”

Benromach Cask Strength Vintage 2008
Bottled 2019
5,500 bottles
57.9% ABV
£59.95 here

Nose: Toasted vanilla pods, orange creams, black peppercorns, apple core, barley sugars, stewed peaches, and aromatic smoke.

Palate: White pepper nip to begin, then vanilla ice cream, pink wafers, sugared breakfast cereals. Then pear skins, green bananas, coffee grounds, some charred oak and some earthy smoke.

Finish: Moves to a slightly savoury edge, with smoked/cured meats, dark chocolate and some brambles.

Overall: Another rather impressive whisky from Benromach. The youthfulness of the spirit is apparent, but there’s still a good degree of flavour and balance to the whisky. A touch of water allows more of the orchard fruits to come to the fore, and relegates some of the peppery spice to the background. Really enjoyable, and I probably prefer it to the whisky it’s replacing, the 100° Proof. If you enjoyed that one, you’re sure to enjoy this.



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