During my trip out east I found that New Brunswick Liquor carries a much varied collection of single malts compared to the usual selection at the LCBO. So I loaded up on the ones that stood out to me.
The first of these East Coast pick-ups is the Benromach Traditional. No mention of the number of years matured on the bottle or box. Odd. But it did say SINGLE malt and it claimed to be a citizen of the Speyside region so I figured it was a safe bet.
First impression is that it’s a shockingly light coloured malt. However long it was matured, it didn’t have long to inherit much colour. Sceptical, I forged on.
The aroma is slightly medicinal which fuelled my scepticism. And the first taste? PEAT! From Speyside?!? Impossible. But there it was. I settled down from my initial shock and tried again. Definitely a peaty taste but none of the salty sucker punch I expect from the Islay malts. I actually liked it. Character without sweat. And the aftertaste is a slow retreat of that same taste. It’s a solid B list pick but not something I’d go looking for unless I knew somebody was looking for a smooth entryway to the Islays.
Islay Lite. 3 shots.