Posted 10 August 2017

Whilst they say that ‘age is but a number’, many distilleries are loathe to tell us exactly how young some of their bottlings are. Fancy names and fancy packaging frequently mask a lack of longer-term quality stock or just demonstrate the needs of some distilleries to make a quicker return on their investment. In this time of all to frequent NAS bottlings, there are several distilleries now offering age transparency on their entry-level and youngest whiskies. Benromach 5 year old is a perfect example of how some are bucking the wider trend.

Posted 10 January 2018

I visited Benromach last year with a motley crew from Dramboree. The original distillery tour focussed around Rothes had proved tricky to arrange, so some last minute jiggery-pokery by the organisers has us bused over to Forres, just west of Elgin for an exciting alternative that I’d not had the pleasure of visiting before. The Gordon & MacPhail owned distillery puts on a good show (let alone dealing with a bus load of 40 whisky enthusiasts who’d had a peaty breakfast courtesy of Dave Worthington from Boutique-y) with their tastings and offer a truly thought-provoking deconstruction of their excellent 10 year old malt.

Posted 04 June 2018

First released in 2009 Benromach 10 year old is a marriage of 1st fill ex-bourbon casks (80%) and first fill ex-sherry casks (20%). The two aged independently for 9 years and then combined for a further year of maturation in ex-sherry once again. Bottled at 43%, this whisky has won numerous awards across a variety of global whisky competitions.

Posted 04 June 2018

Launched in 2015 Benromach 15 year old has been matured in a higher proportion of ex-sherry casks than its younger 10 year old sibling – but, like all whisky produced at Benromach since Gordon & MacPhail took the reins in 1993, it’s produced using only first fill barrels. Similarly to Highlander Old Pulteney, the neck of the bottle has been shaped like the distillery stills.

Posted 04 June 2018

Benromach 35 year old was released in early 2016 from spirit distilled in the early 1980’s – long before current owners Gordon & MacPhail bought the distillery in 1993. Joining three other vintages (1974, 1975 & 1977) in the distillery’s ‘Heritage’ collection, the 35 year old has been solely matured in first fill sherry casks and bottled at 43% ABV.


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