Whisky Review: Benromach 2009 Cask Strength Batch 2
Benromach 2009 Cask Strength Batch 2 / 57.1%
Tasted neat / then with mineral water
This cask-strength Benromach is Batch 2, distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2019, imported for Japan by AXAS Co. These are the distillery’s rough replacement for the 100 proof series, and come in a bewildering number of slight variations, depending on which target markets you are in.
- Color: tawny (1.4)
- Nose: big, sulphury sherry, raisins and dates, caramel, menthol, and burnt corn; with water: tobacco smoke, paint thinner
- Taste: rich, fruity and sweet, vanilla and pear; with water: more mealy, some turpentine and white wine
- Finish: medium, laphroaig-esque burnt plastic, grape juice; with water: a little acidic
These should be fairly cheap if you managed to pick one up. Just don’t add water! Cask strength, a blistering 57%, the sherry is robust, and powerful enough to mask a lot of off-notes that become more obvious when diluted.