Benromach Contrasts Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured 46% ABV

Benromach Contrasts Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured

Aged exclusively in first-fill sherry hogshead casks and produced in very small batches, using barley malted with high levels of peat smoke at 55ppm.


Appearance: Apple juice. Lovely and viscous with quick-forming thick legs. After a few seconds the oily film becomes a chaotic mess of jagged legs and teardrops.

Nose: Sweet BBQ meats being smoked. Quite alcohol forward considering the ABV (not a negative comment).Some sweeter stewed fruits underly the smokey layer, like a forest fruit crumble with brown sugar.

Palate: No mouthfeel to speak of, quite watery in texture. Slightly less of a bite than I’d have imagined or liked, almost as if I’d already added a tiny amount of H2O.

The sweet smokey nature is still there, with chocolate and a small amount of sweet spices that provide a tingle: cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove.There is an almost vegetal quality in the mature glass too, like an almost celery type pepper note.

Finish: Medium in length. The smokey chocolate, with some spice, lingers longest.

Overall: It’s nice but would love to try the CS version. I think that would add depth to those fruit and meaty flavours, as well as enhancing the mouthfeel to elevate this to greatness.

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