Let’s try some cheaper dram today so we can maybe find some great price/quality ratio!
Ben Nevis 10yo (46%, OB, ~2017)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Raisins, malt, bitter cocoa, old cigar box, dusty books and leather.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is very good and the texture is oily. Bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, grassy notes at start and then appears some very nice sea salt and iodine giving some complexity to the mouth.
Finish: Medium. Salted butter caramel, yellow fruits, candle wax and white pepper.
I’m quite blown away by this first dram, that’s probably one of the best cheap and easily accessible dram I ever tasted. I really liked that the reduction didn’t gave a watery texture.
Benromach 10yo 2017 (43%, OB, Bourbon & Sherry Casks)
Colour: Medium gold with copper hues.
Nose: Bitter cocoa, floral honey, caramelized apples, freshly cut wood smoke and hints of sea salt and earthy notes in the background. It’s a sweet and salty profile.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is good but the texture is a bit liquid. There is way less sweetness here, the profile is more dry. Mineral notes, chalk, hints of yellow fruits marmalade and heather honey. The mouth finishes in some dry and ashy notes.
Finish: Delicate waxy notes, cold ashes, wood smoke, candied orange peel and hints of leather and tannins.
A very nice dram! The reduction is too perceptible and that’s a shame because the profile and the little complexity is lovely.
Lagavulin 16yo (43%, OB, ~2017)
Colour: Dark gold with copper and lighter hues.
Nose: Delicate coastal peat, hints of lemons, sea salt, brine, iodine and hints of smoked meat in the background.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect but the texture is very liquid. Delicate and aerial coastal peat that slowly fades letting some place for some earthy notes, sea salt, brine, iodine, wood smoke, grassy notes, campfire and finally cold ashes drying the end of the mouth. Nice one!
Finish: Long. Coastal peat, cold ashes, charcoal and wood smoke.
What a nice typical Lagavulin profile, with even some delicate complexity. It’s quite powerful even with this reduction. What a shame that the texture is so liquid, I could have scored it higher.
Here it is! We found 3 different profiles with a very good price/quality ratio. My preference to the Ben Nevis 10 which is quite impressive for a reducted 10yo dram. So if you want some good value daily drams, now you have some choice!