Benromach 1975 is the latest premium release from Benromach. It was bottled from a single ex-bourbon hogshead #3434 after 41 years of maturation.
Benromach 41 yo 1975 (49,9%, OB 2017, refill bourbon hogshead #3434, 162 btl.)
Nose: as expected from a bourbon hogshead, I find a bit more direct oak than in previous bottlings. Minty oak shavings, ginger and hints of white pepper. It gradually turns towards fruits: luscious apricots, apple compote, grapefruits and bergamot. A little eucalyptus and earth. Hints of waxed paper.
Mouth: starts on oranges and tangerine, mingling with nice tobacco notes. Baked apple. Resinous touches. Ginger, menthol, hints of dark cocoa and leather.
Finish: medium long, a little drying, on mature oak, herbs, zesty citrus and the lightest hint of smoke.
I prefer Benromach with some sherry influence. That said, this is very juicy, fresh, elegant whisky in a great Speyside tradition. Available for around € 1300 from Master of Malt.