When Michael Urquhart agreed to being our special guest for 2013′s Burns Supper, Andy Dunn of Gold Medal Marketing and I came up with the idea of including a cask selection in the evening’s proceedings. Most of the 120 participants had a chance to sample the four cask samples and vote on their favourites. Later that month I sat down with my tasting panel to review the whiskies and count the votes. To my surprise there were not one, but two casks that stood out. We asked Benromach to bottle them for us and the whiskies have only just landed in Alberta. Here are my tasting notes on the two casks:
- Benromach 2004 KWM Cask 246 - 60.4% – 9 Year – 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel – 258 Bottles – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very creamy and grassy with celery, toasted coconut chips, honey dew melon and orange slices; doughy with a faint hint of peat and juicy malt; Palate: loads of honey, cream, fruits and malt; there are both citrus and soft melon fruit notes with vanilla milk shake and sweet chewy malt; though more than 60% alcohol the spirit is soft and smooth; Finish: lingering, sweet and malty with more melon notes, late dried orange and vanilla/honey; Comments: proof positive you can have a very complex whisky at a young age!” – $84.99
- Benromach 2005 KWM Cask 126 - 60.4% – 8 Year – 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel – 245 Bottles – My Tasting Note: “Nose: very malty and chewy with honey and clean wood smoke; there is some orange peel and a hint of chocolate with aloe like vegetal notes and a trace of cantaloupe; Palate: sweet, smoky and slightly salty to start; honey, chocolate, orange peels and big chewy malt quickly follow; there are notes of melon and white fruits under the smoke, malt and big honeyed oak; peat and chocolate are the last elements to come to the party; Finish: juicy and sweet with soft peat smoke honey and malt; Comments: this is a Benromach for Islay drinkers and those wanting to dip their toes into peatier waters!” – $82.49
Drop in to the store to sample these tasty little treats!