Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies differently from me.
On the 29th June 2017 I took part in the first of a series of blind tastings run by Brian who runs the Malt Musings blog. The idea was simple, five of us select 3 whiskies each and send samples to each other – each of our samples are given a letter to represent us and a number to represent where in the tasting they will be used. We then taste through the samples live on Twitter and try to guess what they are. It’s a great test of your tasting abilities but also really enjoyable to try something without any pre-conceptions based on origin, abv etc.
To read a review of the first blind tasting you can go to Brian’s post here. Our next live tasting is taking place this Thursday (13th) at 8pm and you can follow along with #BlindTasting. In the run up to the second tasting I will be posting my tasting notes for each of the whiskies tried in our first session.
Smoke and oak. Sweet and salty combined. A touch of spice in there and possibly some fruit under all that wood and smoke.
Smoke, giving way to sweet notes of caramel, chocolate and some fruity notes again with definite strawberry coming through.
Bitter at first then again smoke and salt coming through strong along with some oak.
This is a really easy drinker – if anything too easy. Maybe it was because this was dram number 5 of the evening but I ended up knocking this one back quite quickly and not really taking as much time to savoir it as I should have. One to try again some time for sure!
Tasting notes taken from the The Benromach website.
Pour yourself a good dram and notice the stunning deep ruby red colour, imparted by the former Sassicaia wine casks from Bolgheri. Now take a few small inhalations and take in the AROMA WITHOUT WATER… the nose is brimming with luscious red berries and hints of ginger and cinnamon, complemented by a subtle sense of smoke. Now sip and enjoy the TASTE WITHOUT WATER. The initial peppery palate gives way to a ripe fruit bowl of flavours… strawberries, raspberries, orange zest… and you can detect gorgeous milk chocolate drops, too. Add a little water for the AROMA WITH WATER, noticing the nose opening out… it’s fresh as a breeze with subtle herbs and summer fruits. Now sip it, roll the whisky around your palate and enjoy the full TASTE WITH WATER, peppery with a sweet toffee note followed by a slight saltiness and a subtle smoky edge. Tell us what you think.
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