If I’m not mistaken Hocksheads is a German whisky community managed by Pat Hock. They regularly release bottlings and today we’re trying their Benromach 2007 single cask. Kind of an older single cask version of the standard Benromach Peat Smoke so to speak.
Benromach 12 yo 2007 (57,9%, OB for Hocksheads 2019, first-fill bourbon barrel #335, 206 btl.)
Nose: rich, fairly sweet and very ashy, with leafy notes and some chalk, but also a fresh citrusy side and some youthful yellow apple sweetness. A little vanilla and fudge. Mild pepper. The peatiness is not the most powerful on the market but it’s nicely medicinal.
Mouth: oily texture, starts citrusy, with hints of roasted pineapple as well. Builds to be thick and earthy, with ashes, vanilla and mint. Some herbs and a rather big medicinal side again (for a non-Islay whisky).
Finish: medium length, with kippers, ashes and oak spice. Still some warming vanilla and fruits.
Benromach with an above-average peat level. It shows a nice texture, traces of Springbank but also nice fruity notes. Complexity is slightly limited but a nice choice nonetheless. Around € 95 from DeinWhisky.de for instance.