Benromach 2004 Peat Smoke is a 9 year old peated single malt from the smallest distillery in Speyside region. It’s been matured in first fill Ex-Bourbon casks and it has a phenol level of 53ppm – it has no added color and un-chill filtered. Benromach distillery is owned by Gordon and MacPhail, who are one of the oldest and largest independent bottlers of Scotch whisky.
Whiskybase gives Benromach Peat Smoke 2004 edition an overall score of 84,17 (11/26/2015). This whisky was part of our local Speyside blind tasting and managed to get an overall of 83 points from 12 judges.
With a ppm level of 53, this whisky is surprisingly smooth, yet offering some smoke and strong notes of peat. No wonder it’s a Speyside dram, rarely is a smoke whisky so smooth. A citrus perfumed peaty dram with nice sophisticated smoke following on the back.
I have to toot my own horn and mention, that I guessed the age right in our blind tasting. Somehow the age came to my mind, even though this is as smooth as whisky with this kind of peat level can be. I also guessed the distillery, but that’s not a hard thing to do when you have to pick a smoky expression from Speyside.
Anyway, Benromach Peat Smoke is definitely like Juno, the title character played by Ellen Page in the movie. Both are young and unexperienced, yet whip-sharply quick-witted…whatever that means in the whisky world? Sophisticated expression, perhaps.
Ralfy scores 86 points for the 2004 Peat Smoke by Benromach: