Taste: The almost 58 percent by volume show their power when they hit the tongue. Less sweet than the nose can expect is the malt on the tongue. Again, there are red fruits in the direction of wild berries and ripe red apples, which bring a pleasant fruitiness. On the palate, I now discover juice oranges and caramel. The chocolate is back with about 70% cocoa content of the party. The smoke is more present than in the nose; the cucumber disappeared. Water and some time tame the malt and help the malt to develop. Everything gets a bit more intense and softer.
Finish: Very long for the age. Warming and full to the last second. Here Benromach can shine again. Hardly bitter notes but the same pleasant fruits and chocolate as in the nose and on the tongue now in the finish. Some oak spice echoes.
Conclusion: If I could get a 15-year-old Benromach with the departure of this powerful representative of the distillery, that would be exactly my thing. So I would give the 15-year-old preference. Nevertheless, this bottling is very successful for me. Benromach shows with this bottling that even relatively young whiskys can be quite complex. Only the slight note of sulfur, which comes up with the addition of water in the nose, could be called a criticism. She does not bother me here. The price of the bottling is in my opinion with about 60 € very attractive. Nice thing!