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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 1976
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.25 points
- Serge from Whiskyfun says:Benromach 1976/2012 (46%, OB, sherry cask) Colour: pale gold. Nose: hold on, this is quite superb! It’s a much fruitier and softer version of Benromach, with some soft tropicalness (bananas) and whiffs of crushed mint leaves, then a little bergamot and a delicate oakiness, between cigarette tobacco and herbal teas. The menthol tends to come to the front though, you have to like that. I certainly do, but that may suggest an overoaky palate, let’s see… Mouth: creamy/fruity ala Benriach, but what I had feared is happening, that is to say a growing liquoricy/mentholy oak slowly taking over. Banana skin. There are fresh tropical fruits as well (pineapples, guavas), and indeed a growing sherriness going towards walnuts and even salt ala manzanilla (old style, pasada), which might be a little segmenting, as they say in French marketing, but which may save it provided you like manzanilla. Finish: long, with more walnuts, some green coffee, more tobacco, and quite a lot of nutmeg. Salty aftertaste. Comments: a little disconcerting at times. The ‘manzanilla’ in it is fabulous, but the oak might be a notch drying. Very hard to score. Yup, t’s segmenting. SGP:461 - 85 points.
- Nose : Old wood and varnish on top with a creamy fruity layer underneath. Some exotic fruit but on the sour-ish side: kiwi, papaya and semi ripe oranges too to that with Fresh plum and you’ve got yourself a lovely 70’s nose .
Palate: Fruity and quite fresh. Starting on grapefruits and then ripe peaches and oranges followed by polished wood , pepper ,dark chocolate,oak and a hint of smoke.
Finish: Tobacco. Dark chocolate and spices. Dry.
This is a brilliant step up from the 10 year old, showing complexity, balance and displaying those old wood notes one looks for in drams that have been aged for over 30 years. as for the price : this whisky is for those with extremely deep pockets, so if you can afford that I’d recommend it wholehearted. But do not despair if almost 500 quid is way too much for you (I know it’s to me) – the 10 year although a bit different in profile will do the work (almost) just as well.
- Tasting Notes by Benromach;
If you’re fortunate enough to own a bottle of this magnificent old whisky, enjoy each drop slowly… First appreciate the dark gold colour of your dram and lift it to your nose for your first experience of the AROMA WITHOUT WATER… decadent crème brûlée with orange touches and rich fruit cake aromas… watch out for hints of kiwi and figs developing. Now savour the TASTE WITHOUT WATER. It’s delightfully peppery at first with orange zest and apricot flavours, followed by a creamy milk chocolate edge and subtle nuttiness. Add a smidge of water to release the nose and full body and enjoy the AROMA WITH WATER… white chocolate with hints of coconut, lemon and a subtle Sherry influence. Now enjoy the TASTE WITH WATER… it’s less spicy with more intense chocolate. A subtle menthol and gorgeous tobacco flavour develops in the long, sweet finish. What aromas and tastes do you sense?Matured in first fill and refill Sherry hogsheads.
- What a great whisky!
Much more fruitier than the 30yo, which gives it a lovely fresh nose. Some coconut shavings and citrus. In the background there is some sherry influence. Very complex.
Very creamy with some chocolate, that surprisingly wasn't there in the nose. Also some great nuttiness and some light smoke, while it still keeps that fruity freshness.
An endless finish, really superb. A little bit of smoke again, and long fruit notes, citrus.
- N: Another cracker, very similar to the [ob] 30yo WB - jammy but fresher with flinty mineral sweets [whatever they are] and gingercake. Rather subdued but very accomplished.
T: Much better balance [in comparison to the 30yo], the wood more harmonious with an improved fresh/oaky/grain sweetness and a wonderfully assembled bouquet of scented flowers. Holds its form before rising to another level of responsiveness. Waxy/fresh malt heralds the finish with a long unravel.
F: Oak bitters arrive without swamping the [Speyside] fresh, aniseed sweetness with its dryish malty oakiness.
C: The palate surpasses both the nose and finish. A cracker.
Scores an B+ [Sample]