The Benromach 10 Year Old ‘100 proof’, matured only in first fill barrels, bottled at 57% and without chill-filtered this whisky displays an initial burst of chilli spice and is mouth warming with hints of liquorice and delicate peat.
Bottled at the old Imperial measure which equals 57% ABV. 100° Proof is an archaic term once used by the British Navy sailors allocated two tots of rum or whisky a day, the sailors grew suspicious that their pay may been watered down and so, engineered a method to tell them of any meddling by adding a little whisky to their gunpowder, if the mixture still flashed, this proved that their pay was 57% alcohol, or above as if there wasn’t a flash, their pay might have been watered down.
…proof positive that toasty oak, a dash of fruit and several puffs of peat can go a long, long way. Beautiful mouthfeel, as thick as anything I have seen from the new Benromach before….for any confused US readers, the strength is based on the old British Proof strength, not American! What is not confusing is the undisputed complexity and overall excellence in this malt.
– 94 points – Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2017
The Speyside distillery of Benromach has just added a ‘100 Proof’ variant of its 10-year-old single malt to the brand line up. With plenty of sherry and smoke influences, this is an ideal, affordable dram for those cold winter nights. Fragrant sherry, malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, chilli and dried fruits on the nose. Voluptuous in the mouth, with rich malt, smoky sherry, Seville orange and lively pepper. Long and smoky in the finish, with spicy milk chocolate and persistent citrus fruit.
– 4/5 Stars – www.whisky-pages.com
… Sorrel/amber color; impeccable purity. Whoa, this opening aroma is top-loaded with round, supple, dynamic grainy/floral fragrances, including Graham cracker, porridge, honey wheat toast, dried hops, carnation, dried violet petals; secondary inhalations pick up traces of the 57% abv, but in measured degrees and that buttresses the surface aromas that now integrate into one aromatic thrust. Entry is saucy, zesty, tangy, slightly prickly, campfire warm, densely grainy, honeyed, toasty, spectacularly luscious; midpalate keeps the hits coming as the flavor profile now goes deep in buttery/creamy texture that blankets the palate in layers of caramelized sugar taste. Finishes fathomless, endless, smoky sweet. For my money, Benromach’s flagship whisky.
– Highest Recommendation – www.spiritjournal.com