Cask Number: 3434
Age: 41 Year Old.
After quite a few exceptional Older whiskies released last year and reviewed here such as the the lovely 1974 vintage , and the 35 year old (which was lovely but not quite as brilliant) comes the latest offering in the Beromach range – the 1975 vintage . 1975 is quite a special year for me (having been born in 1975), So I was very glad to try another interesting whisky made that year. The whisky comes from a refill American hogshead and has been aged for 41 years in the cask.
Nose: A lovely nose on this one, with quite a bit of oak, mint, and a certain waxy feeling, in addition to old polished wood, white pepper and ginger powder which adds a nice savory edge to it. This is quite gentle, and not ultra peppery, but quite balanced. On the 2nd wave of sensations it reveals a fruity edge with ripe apricot in sweet syrup, stewed apple and a hint of red grapefruit pith. Really nice stuff with enough complexity, but it could use more oomph, IMHO.
Palate: Very good stuff, with a bigger body than I had anticipated from the nose : Citrus infused milk chocolate, orange peel, and some black tea leaves and a touch of tobacco , black pepper, clove and more ginger-y zing, there’s also some bitter cocoa, and maybe a hint of coffee grounds, a touch of mint, and wood resin, some old benches, and a final touch of stewed apple / apricot.
Finish: Quite long, and dry. with wood resin, cocoa, ripe oranges and a hint of smoke.
Bottom line: This is lovely stuff indeed, it’s balanced, complex, and shows enough ‘age’ but without being too woody, there’s a nice fruity edge to it, in addition to the chocolate / cocoa and of course the smoke adds a nice touch. So, Do I prefer this to the sherry cask 1974 vintage? Probably not, but the other one is only marginally better, as far as I am concerned. Excellent stuff, at a high price, but very very well made. Benromach goes from strength to strength, and they deliver. Having said that, 1000 quid or so, is a lot of money to pay for a bottle even this good.
Tasting Notes: Gal / Whisky Israel.