Jun 20, 2012

Benromach Traditional...

Benromach Traditional (40.0%): Finally I could sit down at Witzli Poetzli one of my favorite cafés in Antwerp after a long tiring day with a glass (bolleke) of De Koninck and a nice pour of Benromach Traditional. Traditional is Benromach's entry level expression. It is a blend of 80% first fill ex-bourbon and 20% first fill ex-sherry casks with no age statement. Color: Pale yellow like a glass of Pinot Grigio. Hay-like, straw color. Nose: Very young... Sweet and malty. Kumquat, lemon peel, mint chocolate and stepped on fresh grass. Marzipan, overbrewed camomile tea, crushed pine nuts and some gentle peat. Nicely balanced. Palate: Fuji apples, unripe bartlett pears and malt candy. Grass got a little drier and dustier on the palate. Vanilla, lavender and hint of dry wood. Finish: Finally some real tannins. Yellow dry turf, burnt straw and crushed white/black/red pepper mix. Quite a sudden free fall, very short. Overall: Great everyday single malt with an unbeatable price tag just under $30. To be honest it started very very exciting and promising at the nose but went a little downslope afterwards. Don't get it wrong though; I am pretty happy with my choice as an afternoon dram while I am watching the sun go down behind De Kathedraal and ordering a second one right now...