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The Beast Of Forres

Benromach - Dram Association Single Cask

94.13 / 100

Rich & Round Flavours

Visual: 4.79 /5  •  Aroma: 23.87 /25  •  Taste: 37.28 /40   •  Finish: 28.19 /30

Dram Code: T248

Producer: Benromach

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask: First Fill Ex-Sherry

Age: 9

Country: Scotland

Region: Speyside

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

ABV: 57.6%

Cask Strength: Yes

Release: Single Cask

Price: $155.13 (at time of review)

Dram Code: T248

Producer: Benromach

Bottler: Official Bottling

Type: Single Malt Whisky

Cask Type: First Fill Ex-Sherry

Age: 9

Country: Scotland

Region: Speyside

ABV: 57.6%

Cask Strength: Yes

Chill Filtered: No

Added Colour: No

Release: Single Cask

Price: $155.13 (at time of review)

About This Single Malt Whisky

The Unbottling

 

Tasting Notes

The first thing that came to mind on the nose was the classic Christmas pudding soaked in high-proof rum and set on fire. But somehow, the baker managed to find high-proof sherry instead of rum! Madness. The richness of this whisky can not be understated and may go somewhat hand in hand with the bizarrely short outturn. It feels more like a whisky twice its age. There’s a mouthwatering tannic quality to it that is reminiscent of super old-school Speysiders. It’s big and bold, but not in the almost sulfuric meaty sense like Mortlach – it’s a very different beast. Dark chocolate, candied grapefruit peels, sultanas.. oh and smoke! I almost forgot this was peated, but once you find the peat it really takes hold. A stunning whisky and a heck of a way to kick off what will hopefully become a long-lasting series of Strath single cask Scotches.

By Adam Bradshaw on August 25, 2022

Score & flavour profile voted on by members who sampled the whisky

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How We Review Whiskies

Score

Whiskies are rated by our members on the visuals (out of 5), aroma (out of 25), taste (out of 40), & finish (out of 30). With a total score out of 100.

Based on how scoring occurred for our early reviews, the following guide is given to members –

0-60 awful • 60-70 bad • 70-80 okay • 80-85 good • 85-90 great • 90-95 awesome • 95+ amazing

The individual scores are collected, and outliers are removed via the “agreeable group” statistical method to reduce bias and taste preferences (ie, people who score a peated whisky lowly because they don’t like peat). This gives us a better idea of the overall quality of the whisky in the eyes of our members.

 

Flavour Profile

Along with scoring the whisky, members are invited to choose up to three of the below flavour profiles which they think match the whisky. The profile that is most commonly chosen is then the official flavour profile for the dram.

fresh & floral
eg – blossoms, cut grass, apples, pears

fruity & spicy
eg – peach, vanilla, coconut, nutmeg

malty & dry
eg – breakfast cereal, nuts, cookies

rich & round
eg – raisins, figs, oak tannins, dates

smoky & earthy
eg – wood smoke, bacon, iodine

 

Dram Association Nickname

The nickname is usually given by the writer of the initial review and tasting notes. It is based on their tasting notes and used to refer to the whisky to keep its true identity hidden for those who enjoy blind tasting.