When looking for a peaty whisky I have been known to avoid Speyside attempts and go for a Talisker or Islay malt. So I was interested to see what my “local” could come up with; hence the tasting of this Benromach Peat Smoke (2005).
Hit with an unexpected nose prickle, it didn’t get off to a good start! But it soon improved.
It didn’t smell like it was produced from a 67ppm malt; the smoke was there but not too overpowering. The pleasant citrus and fruity aroma was very nice, with a banana and vanilla background.
The initial hit of peat and smoke did feel like a 67 ppm malt; but the smoky finish was quite short, being replaced with a delightful sweetness.
A wee dribble of water heightened the banana aroma for me, and softened the flavour and finish rather nicely. The water seemed to ‘improve’ the smoky flavour as well, I really enjoyed this dram.
So thank you Benromach, another peaty dram for me to savour; I’d better try the 2006 soon!