Thursday, 19 September 2013

Wine and Peat?  Yes Please!


Whisky: Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish


Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish


Pale Gold

Still hunting for the perfect summer whisky, continuing through heaps of delicious whiskies, left right and center, when I decided to crack the Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish.

Sitting here watching the final season of Breaking Bad, I do believe this whisky is the perfect accompaniment to it.

It pours with just the faintest pinkish tinge to it (so I say, my wife says I'm insane, but I've poured at least 4 different times now into the glencairn (separate days) and each time I look at the whisky I go "whoa that's a lil pink!"

This is another no age statement from the crazy guys at Benromach, but the spirit was distilled in 2005, making this whisky roughly seven to eight years old. It's a peated whisky and it's a Speyside distillery which isn't the most common match ups out there.

Alright more about what this whisky is like!

The nose is soft with peat smoke (not Islay style, much more mellow and mild), a hint of ash (as my wife describes it), toasted oak, heaps of vanilla, lots of fruit, raspberries and cherries, toffee, soft spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, you can easily get the wine's influence on the nose.

I've got to be honest I'm totally digging this whisky's nose. It's sweet (like how we're on the final season of a great tv series), but with the right level of . . . not harshness, but slightly in your face the way Breaking Bad is.

It's got a nose that I can definitely spend a lot of time with.

Time for a taste though!

Vanilla, slightly ashy, cherries, soft smoke, spices, cinnamon and ginger, toffee, again the wine cask's influence is easily seen. The palate is very dry, begging you to take another sip.

A long finish with faint fruit and a hint of smoke end this whisky.

I do believe that I could happily drink this whisky all day, no matter the weather. I'm totally digging it, love the wine's influence, love the smoke and peat, love the fruit. Why have I not tasted this whisky before?!

The only thing left that I can say about this whisky is that it runs about $100 AUS a bottle, IF you can find it,
I totally think it's worth that price and now I have to go find a bottle of this for my own personal collection!

A cracking good whisky!

Nose:        23/25
Taste:        23/25
Finish:       21/25
Balance:    22/25

Overall:     89/100

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