Benromach Organic 2008

Review #226

Just a quick reminder that I’m going to attend the Tweet Tasting of Benromach’s brand new 35 Year Old bottling today at 8pm CET! Just follow me on Twitter @dramlicious and look out for the hashtag #Benromach35!

I already reviewed the 5 Years Old, 10 Years Old, 100° Proof and 15 Years Old yesterday, so let’s talk about their Wood Finish Series today. But before we do so, let’s first have a truly “green” Benromach.

The Benromach Organic derives its name from the fact that it meets the very high standards set by the UK Soil Association for growing the ingredients, distillation, maturation and bottling. This was a unique concept back in 2006 when the expression was launched and surprisingly enough, it is still very rare today. There is simply not a lot organic whisky to choose from, so maybe the demand just isn’t there?


Name: Benromach Organic
Vintage: 2008
Bottled: 2014
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Benromach
Cask Type: Virgin Oak Casks
Strength: 43.0% Vol.
Colored: No
Chill Filtered: No


Ah yes, the Virgin Oak cask brings in lots of bananas at first, followed cacao powder, sweet vanilla, blossom honey and a whole bunch of caramel. Some citrus fruits, most notable oranges and pomelos. Pencil shavings. A puff of peat smoke.


Fat and oily with honeydew melons, nougat and blossom honey, alongside hints of banana juice. Oak, but not too much. A bit peppery. Traces of peat ash in the back.


The bitter-sweet finish is rather long with ginger and some earthy and peppery notes.


A great example of a fine young malt matured in well selected Virgin Oak Casks. Simply good, but a bit more mainstream than the 5 and 10 Years Old.

Score: good but not exceptional (85 / 100)


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