The Speyside based Benromach Distiller, has today announced the launch of two new expressions from its Contrasts range.
Benromach Contrasts Air (46% ABV) and Benromach Contrasts Kiln (46% ABV) are single malt Scotch whiskies distilled in 2012, which are said to showcase the subtle nuances and flavours generated by different techniques used to dry the wooden staves that make up their respective casks.
Benromach Contrasts Air, which features oak which has been air dried for three years before toasting, is said to deliver notes of sweet vanilla fudge, mixed citrus, oak and underlying smoke on the nose. Followed by notes of cracked black pepper, citrus, toasted cereal, fresh garden mint and oak on the palate.
Benromach Contrasts Kiln, which features whisky matured oak that was air dried for two years then put in a kiln to accelerate the drying process, is said to deliver notes of waxy lemon peel, toffee apple, sweet hay and malt biscuit on the nose. Followed by notes of pineapple, barley sugar, fresh lime and ginger on the palate.
Commenting on the launch, Keith Cruickshank, Distillery Manager at Benromach, said: “At Benromach, our aim is to always produce whisky by hand that has real, genuine character. Our Contrasts range allows us to experiment and explore new flavours. These two new whiskies were created from a deliberate experiment to see if different approaches to drying wood might have an impact on the flavours. They demonstrate how small changes can have a significant effect on taste – and that’s the intriguing nature of the air- and kiln-dried variants.”
Keith went onto say: “We usually use virgin oak casks only with our Contrasts Organic whisky, so it’s been a great chance to see how our traditional lightly peated spirit reacts to this cask type, as well as the air drying versus kiln drying stave preparation. It will be exciting to see how whisky drinkers interpret the drams and their differences, and hearing which one they prefer and why.”
Benromach Contrasts Air and Benromach Contrasts Kiln, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £59.99 each.
Posted by Steve Rush