Benromach Imperial Proof
Benromach // Speyside, Scotland
The Imperial Proof from Benromach has just (Nov 2015) been released in the US. This bottling is sold in other markets as "100° Proof", but "proof" means 50% abv in the US and in the UK, it means 57% abv. This all goes back to the day and age where "proof" was questioned by sailors and their precious rum. Mixing some gunpowder with the rum and attempting to ignite the product would "prove" whether their rum was watered down or not. An ignition would verify its strength. This single malt is 10 years old and is non chill-filtered.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
"The aroma is rich and malty with some leather, wood, and barrel spices with a touch of smoke mixed in. This continues on the palate and, given the proof, has a little bite. Additional tastes reveal some green, herbaceous notes and a little milk chocolate and raw apples. Adding a few drops of water would be fine, but not required. This is a solid dram."