Benromach 21 Year Old
The first sip is slightly thick and mellow, and coats the mouth with a warm honey flavor, giving way to a slightly bitter citrus juiciness which I attribute to its sherry cask finishing. It finishes warm, with a gentle peppery burst followed by a touch of black licorice. It is overall mellow, sweet, fruity and sophisticated. A dash of water doesn't change the flavor remarkably, but brings out the sherry notes ever so slightly. I would say it is equally enjoyable either way.Although I typically prefer bolder, smoky and salty malts, the depth of character of this Speyside malt exemplifies what a sweet, fruity Scotch can be. In terms of accompanying food, it would pair beautifully with dark chocolate, aged white cheddar, or honey glazed ham.