Benromach Distillery was established in 1898 and fell victim to the industry downturn in the early 1980s. Gordon & MacPhail purchased the dismantled distillery in 1993 and after five years of restoration work had it running again.
Benromach fired stills in 1998 and has been producing whisky ever since. We do not know how many barrels of whisky (if any) were included in the sale, what is certain is that Benromach expressions distilled before 1983 are now extremely rare. The one presented here from Gordon & MacPhail contains whisky distilled in 1982 and aged in two ex-sherry hogsheads, nos. 1335 + 1341 and bottled at natural strength of 63% in 1996 as part of Cask series.
Nose: complex, forest floor, pine resin, tobacco, leather, dried mushrooms, bitter orange marmalde, prunes, honey, lapsang souchong tea and a touch of sulphur.
Palate: follows the nose, roasted almonds, brown sugar, eucalyptus drops, mixed dried herbs, cocoa powder, black pepper, oak and distant whiff of smoke.
Finish: long, with notes of dried fruit (pears, apricots and prunes), leather, dried herbs and fading hints of smoke.