Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry 2010 Review

Hi everyone,

Benromach have been doing some really good whiskies for a while but they’ve really hit it out the park with this latest release.
I tried one peat smoke release of theirs a while back and thought it was ok, but not quite up there with the rest of the range. This though… this was different.
For one thing, its matured in 1st fill Sherry casks and for another, its cask strength.
 
Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry 2010 59.9%
Colour: Amber
Body: Full
Nose: Lovely ethereal, slightly dirty peat, creamy, something meaty, dying coals, dark fruit-raisin. Somewhere between a heavily Sherried Ledaig and Ardbeg Oog.
Water: More vegetal and dirty.
Taste: Soft arrival, great mouthfeel, spot on balance, great sweetness, fruitcake then coals, blackcurrant, more smoke, malt, very balanced at full strength.
Water: Really soft, not as balanced but crisp, nice development though with peat.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Smoke comes through, some fresh ginger spice and a very little oak. Actually the length works as it makes the stuff quite easy drinking even at full strength, I would normally always prefer a longer finish but it does work here.
Bottled late 2018, so 8yo. This stuff is fantastic. Really great price too. Get one while you can. I don’t buy a huge amount of whisky now but I had to get myself one of these.
85/100

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Scotch Review #755
Whisky Network Review #897

Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and I am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and I am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Glen Scotia 2003 Campbeltown Festival 2019 Review

Hi everyone,

After a meet up with some of the lovely people from the Toronto Whisky Society last night, it has come to my attention that I have been slacking in the review department. I’ve had a bunch of cool things I’ve tried and written notes on but just haven’t had the time to actually get around to posting them. You guys deserve better though, so we will continue to soldier through.
This one, I imagine a few people are interested in. Limited edition, cask strength, peated Scotia finished in rum barrels…
 
Glen Scotia 2003 Festival 2019 51.3%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Coals, creamy vanilla, tropical fruit and dust (specifically the stuff that gets behind the radiator), a little closed.
Water: Opens up a little, more of the rum, more dust and a little perfumed.
Taste: Fresh and fruity, lemon and orange, then more spicy and peaty with ginger, black pepper and a medicinal edge.
Water: Softer, with less spice and peat.
Finish: Long length. More medicinal here with some white sugar and white rum.
For Campbeltown festival 2019, Peated Rum Finish. 15yo. Disappointed with this compared to the 2018 and this is more expensive. The dust isn’t an off note but it’s just a bit too closed off and I couldn’t get it to open up a lot.
71/100

Thanks for reading!

Scotch Review #754
Whisky Network Review #896

Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and I am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and I am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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