Benromach Chateau Cissac 45%

I received a sample of this as part of a Twitter Tasting and was blown away with it.

Bottled at 45% this Benromach spends it’s early life in a first fill bourbon barrel before spending an additional twenty months in Chateau Cissac barrels giving it some interesting notes.

I took this with a teaspoon of water.

Nose. Peat smoke with pear drops, sugary porridge then fruit, orange peel, grapefruit, maybe some pineapple jam, rich charred oak and a touch of vanilla if you leave it in the glass long enough.

Palate. Peat smoke and tinned pear, aniseed and whatever type of mint grows in my garden (I’ll admit this is a tad obscure) black pepper and I thought a touch of black truffle, but I might have imagined that.

Finish. Black pepper, charred oak and lingering smoke with a touch of citrus sweetness.

This is an excellent dram, I’ve yet to have anything that’s not top drawer from Benromach mind you. It’s complex though, I suspect a full bottle of this would uncover an awful lot more.

Thanks to Benromach and The Whisky Wire for the sample.

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