Let’s get the issue of youth out of the way immediately – yes, this is young – we know that, and Benromach are not trying to hide this fact (applause). There are indeed some musty copper notes and there’s certainly a sense of ‘new make’ around the edges. But, what’s impressive is how everything else fits together. Strong rich malts and warm cereals are livened by sharp juicy limes which presents us with something light but still highly characterful. There are some gentle earthy and vegetal notes here, best described as similar to wet hay. Sweetness comes from both honey and toffee and whilst subtle, smoky vapours do persist throughout the background.
Mouthfeel is light, but not insubstantial – impressive for 40% ABV in fact with some real oiliness and initial impact. Sweetness comes first, but moves aside for grassy and oak-driven flavours. Peppery spice, slightly nutty and with a well-measured prescription of vanilla. Earthiness persists (forest mushrooms) and is joined by some a degree of steeliness – sharp flint. Smoke is just as present on the palate as the nose, but again is wrapping around the edges rather than through the heart of the whisky itself.
Short to medium in length favouring pepper with some oak bitterness and drying astringency coming through.