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Benromach Organic (2006, OB, 43%)

After we enjoyed the 10 yo, we couldn’t keep from tasting the Organic. This bottling, released in 2006, is certified “organic” (of course) by UK Soil Association: only organic barley has been distilled and even the casks (virgin american oak) are from natural forests. If you want some more information, please have a look at this article by Claudio. The color is a nice, intense gold.

N: a strong sweetness – almost artificial – strikes your nose. It smells like a molasses rum. Apple and cinnamon (and other wood spices). Anyway, the core of the nose is a huge oakiness, like entering a sawmill or a furniture factory. Amaretti, reminding us to the pumpkin ravioli stuffing. There’s also a blue-veined hint (roquefort cheese?), which gives an extra dirty nuance. Weird nose, the virgin oak is overwhelming.

P: consistent with the nose. Intense flavors but disconnected body. It really tastes like oak and again it shows artifical sweet notes of marshmallows and molasses. Light eucalyptus touch. The malty side is more evident (biscuits, muesli) and this improves the result.

F: not particularly long and persistent, all about sugar and rum.

We must say it’s certainly tasty, not pale at all. It’s an interesting experiment, quite a unique malt – fortunately, we would say… A patchwork of sweet and cheeky flavors that someone surely will enjoy. Frankly, we don’t. 78/100.

Recommended soundtrack: Offlaga Disco PaxRobespierre.

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