Benromach is a Speyside distillery founded by Duncan McCallum and F.W. Brickman in 1898 and currently owned and run by Gordon and Macphail of Elgin. It is situated near Forres in Morayshire and is fed with spring water from the Chapelton Springs in the Romach Hills beside Forres.
Duncan MacCallum had previously been working at the Glen Nevis Distillery in Campbeltown and FW Brickmann was a spirit broker in Leith, Edinburgh. Construction work started at the site of Benromach Distillery in 1898 however due to the depression in the Scotch Whisky industry in 1898 the distillery did not start producing whisky until 1900 but closed the same year due to a lack of money.
In 1911 Benromach was acquired by the London based Harvey McNair & Co who continued distilling until the onset of the First World War. After the war Benromach was acquired by Benromach Distillery Ltd and was run by this new private company until 1925. In 1938 Benromach was acquired by Associated Scottish Distilleries Ltd which later became a part of Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. Between 1966 and 1974 the distillery was modernised and continued to run until 1983 when the distillery was officially closed.
In 1993 Gordon and MacPhail took over the site and in 1997 they started to restore the distillery to a working order. Finally in 1998 the distillery was officially reopened and bottling of the new malt started in 2004.
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700 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Benromach 10 Years Old is a multi-award 700 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Speyside)winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky hand-crafted at Speyside's smallest working distillery. Initially matured in a mix of Bourbon and Sherry casks, the whisky is transferred to European oak Oloroso Sherry casks for a final period of maturation. The result is a beautifully balanced dram, displaying a rich Sherry character, summer fruit flavours, malt creaminess and a light peat smoke influence. 80% Bourbon barrels, 20% Sherry hogsheads, final year in first fill Oloroso casks.
700 ml, 46% abv, Scotland (Speyside)A heavily peated single malt, made using the same intensity of peating as Laphroaig. A batch of heavily-peated spirit is made each year at Benromach, and this particular expression was distilled in 2007. It has been matured in first fill ex-Bourbon casks. This Benromach Peat Smoke expression uses barley malted to fifty-five parts per million.
700 ml, 50% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Another new addition to the Benromach stable of classic Speyside single malt whiskies is now available, introducing the Triple Distilled.
"unexpected tobacco makes way for dark chocolate. There’s lemon drizzle cake with plenty of icing. There are hints of rosewater syrup and there’s a much creamier texture than anticipated. Finish: lengthy and marginally drying. The lemon citrus continues and then hints of candyfloss emerge right at the end. Totally unexpected!" (malt-review.com)
700 ml, 45% abv, Scotland (Speyside)The Hermitage Wood Finish was matured in first fill bourbon casks before being finished for 27 months in hand-selected Hermitage wine casks from the northern Rhône region of France. "notes of intense and juicy summer fruits, pure vanilla, melting chocolate and a gorgeous underlying subtle touch of smokiness"
700 ml, 45% abv, Scotland (Speyside)This Benromach Wood Finish is matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels, followed by 18 months in Sassicaia casks from the wine-producing region of Bolgheri in Tuscany, Italy. Distilled in 2006, Bottled in 2015.
"brimming with luscious fruitiness and a subtle smoky edge"