Benromach Peat Smoke 2005
Peated Single Malt
Benromach // Speyside, Scotland
Speyside single malts--generally honey- and floral-noted affairs--haven't ever made much of an effort to carry the peat torch, but every so often, an outlier will arrive and everyone wants in on it. To wit: Benromach, a quintessential Speyside whisky in terms of its complex yet approachable chocolate-laced profile, offers limited edition peat-smoked releases. This 2005 vintage, bottled in 2014, clocks in at 67ppm, an increase over 2004's 53ppm. It's aged in first-fill bourbon barrels and bottled at 46%.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typefirst-fill bourbon oak barrels
"Benromach Peat Smoke, is a classic work that's skillfully tampered with to create a toastier, smokier rendering of their signature chocolate-laced malt. Of all the effects, the peat's most drastic impact is on the nose. While Beromach's characteristic milk chocolate element is evident, the peat keeps it hamstrung, offering up toasted apricot and light tobacco in exchange. Sweet, warm, buttery chocolate pastry notes (think: glistening croissant) open up on the palate, but the bright saline smoke rushes in close behind, halting the milk chocolate and candy pineapple flavors from evolving further.The phenolic peat essence hangs in the peppery finish, illuminating all the other flavors, but cutting off direct access to them. "