In contrast to our first whisky article about the Bowmore distillery on the Island of Islay, this time the journey goes to the other side of Scotland, to the Speyside region. This region, whose name comes from the river Spey, is home to many famous distilleries. The three largest single malt distilleries in the world, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Macallen are also based there, but in this article we will focus mainly on the Benromach distillery in Forres.
The Benromach Distillery Company was founded in 1898 by the MacCallum brothers and the German F.W. Brickmann. After the construction of the distillery, the company started operations in 1900, but had to close down after a few months. This was the fastest shutdown of the distillery in its more than 100-year history, but not the only one.
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In addition to 1900, there were also closures in 1910, 1914, 1925, 1983 and an even greater number of resales. The last time the distillery was acquired was in 1993 by Gordon & MacPhail, who will probably be familiar to most whisky connoisseurs because they were the first distillery to release a 70-year-old single malt.
The oldest whisky that Gordon & MacPhail has been able to bottle under the name Benromach dates from before the last closure. When the historic and heritage protected distillery was purchased, its products from the 1960s/70s also passed into the ownership of Gordon & MacPhail. These bottlings are today very rare collector's items, limited to a few hundred bottles.
Through our suppliers we have the possibility to sell not only the modern standard products of Benromach but also the very rare Heritage bottlings of the years 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978.
Some of these vintages are very different from each other. For example, the 1974 Benromach is considered fruity with an initial feeling of ripe bananas, juicy raspberries and black currants, which leads to a long and smooth finish with a hint of dark chocolate. In the nose, an obvious sherry note is followed by pear and apricot aromas, with nuances of sweet-hot candied orange peel and beeswax polish.
The 1978 Benromach, which was bottled in 2018 after 40 years of storage, takes a different path according to the official taste description. It has a convincing smell with sweet notes of honey and vanilla mixed with ripe fruit, tangy limes and a hint of butterscotch and ginger. Its taste comes with a unity of oak wood with juicy pear and kiwi, rich dark chocolate and dried tobacco, with persistent spices and a hint of peat smoke in the finish.
As mentioned in the last article, we offer a wide range of high quality whiskies and other alcoholic products through our Concierge Service. These rare bottlings from the house of Benromach are only a small selection of all the whisky types that our suppliers offer. If you have a special request, please write us a message and we will contact you with the best possible offer.