An interesting expression from Speyside distillery, Benromach, forming part of the Contrasts series.
This series is designed to show off Benromach’s spirit in new and unusual maturations or formats that can be compared against one another. This bottling is part of a pair in which the spirit has been aged entirely in Virgin American oak casks. What makes each whisky distinct is how the oak for the casks has been dried.
For this bottling, the oak is dried naturally for two years, before being finished off in a kiln, while for the other Contrasts: Virgin Oak bottling, the spirit has aged in oak that was air dried for three years. Both spirits have been aged for 10 years, and made with lightly peated malt.
Benromach Contrasts: Virgin Oak Kiln Dried delivers flavours of intense spice (cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg), accompanied by lemon rind, ginger cake, pineapple, bananas, fresh American oak, malty bread, sea spray and subtle peat smoke.
Bottled at 46% and without chill filtration, this is a well-balanced and medium bodied whisky.
Experience the effects of both these oak drying techniques by grabbing a bottle of Benromach Contrasts: Virgin Oak Air Dried [LINK].