Benromach - Traditional - Speyside Single Malt Whisky



Benromach - Traditional
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Colour:Straw yellow.

Neat: Nose - Citrus fruits (lemons & limes) with hint of honey and pine resin. Peaty malty notes in the background.
Palate: Smoky with cereal and malt flavours. Dries up with spicy/peppery notes followed by a delicate floral edge.

With Water: Nose - Sweet, chocolate and fudge aromas. Floral elements and a hint of phenols (germolene).
Palate: Toasted/smoky flavours initially with a subtle fragrance. Some fruity notes develop along with an earthy, vanilla edge.
Body: Rounded with a balance of flavours.
Finish: Slightly sweet with a hint of smoke and malt.

Launched in March 2004, this is the first whisky distilled after the re-opening of Benromach in 1998 and is the first whisky distilled by Gordon and MacPhail.

Using only the finest peated malted barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach hills, Benromach Traditional is hand made by their experienced distillers, before being matured in hand selected oak casks at the distillery.

The pace is a little slower in the heart of Speyside, they take their time, checking each stage by hand, personally ensuring only the highest quality spirit is filled into oak casks that have been carefully selected by hand.

And it doesn't stop there. The casks, full of new whisky, are laid down to mature at the distillery where their experienced distillers regularly check them.

Only when it has matured to their high quality standards, do they bottle the whisky and proudly label it - Benromach.

Michael Jackson is internationally the most widely published author on whisky. His Malt Whisky Companion is the world's best selling book on the subject and is in its revised 5th edition. Jackson is a Master of the Quaich.

His tasting notes...

Colour: Pale, iridescent, greeny gold.
Nose: Ozone. Flowery. Fresh mint. Herbal. Balsamic. Pine log fire.
Body: Light. Drying.
Palate: Earthy. Bison grass. Tree bark.
Finish: Juniper. Lemon pith. Citric. Orange peels.
Comment: Assertive. Aperitif.

Category(s):     Single Malt Whisky

Producer: Benromach   -
ABV:   40%
Brand:   Benromach
Country of Origin:   Scotland
Distillery:   Benromach
Region:   Speyside


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Producer Information

Duncan MacCallum, of Glen Nevis Distillery, Campbeltown, and FW Brickmann, spirit broker, of Leith, founded the Benromach Distillery Company in 1898. Alexander Edward, a leading promoter of distillery enterprises of Sanquhar, Forres, granted them a feu charter for a plot of his land north of the railway junction at Forres.
The company appointed Charles Doig, an eminent distillery engineer from Elgin, as their architect. All distilleries designed by Doig were functionally efficient.
Travellers on the Inverness to Aberdeen railway line noted in November 1898 that work was taking place on the roof and in December 1898, Doig told a local journalist that the building was nearing completion. Unfortunately a massive depression hit the Scotch whisky industry only weeks later. Brickmann's firm was suspended in October 1899 with liabilities exceeding £70,000, and MacCallum experienced great difficulties in finding buyers for his product. The distillery was due to start production in spring 1899, but was inactive until May 1900 when it was reported to be conducting trials.
Benromach changed hands before being acquired by Harvey McNair & Co of London in 1911, who announced that they intended to recommence distilling in the spring of 1912. The distillery remained in production up to the beginning of the First World War in 1914.
After the war, Benromach was bought by John Joseph Calder, who promptly sold it to the Benromach Distillery Ltd, a private company registered in late 1919 in Edinburgh. Several breweries held shares in the new company.
Benromach was working in 1925 but at some point it fell silent until it was bought again in 1937. The distillery was transferred in 1938 to Associated Scottish Distilleries Ltd (ASD). ASD was bought by National Distillers, an American corporation that in turn sold it to The Distillers Company Limited of Edinburgh in 1953. Benromach was then transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd (SMD). SMD at that time noted that Benromach had excellent gardens, which have been kept in good order.
Benromach's still house was rebuilt and an oil-fired boiler was installed. Two years later the maltings was converted to a cask store, and in 1974 the mash house was rebuilt and the tunroom was modernised.
March 24th saw the last filling under the ownership of United Distillers. The workers on that day who witnessed that last filling signed their names on the filling store wall. Benromach Distillery was now officially closed.
After many years of planning, the refurbishment of Benromach Distillery began with a major over-haul to re-equip the distillery with specially designed and commissioned new stills, a mash tun, remoulded wash backs.
The two new stills were finally installed along with all the production equipment. Production restarted at Benromach nearly 100 years after the first distillation.
On October 15th, 1998, HRH Prince of Wales officially reopened the distillery at a grand opening ceremony, which attracted visitors and guests from all over the world. His Highness was offered a tasting of a special centenary bottling of Benromach.
This limited edition bottling, limited to 3,500 bottles worldwide, was also a great opportunity to present The Prince of Wales with a bottle to celebrate his 50th birthday. George Urquhart, then chairman of Gordon and MacPhail, presented His Highness with a bottle appropriately numbered 50. HRH The Prince of Wales also signed the first cask stored in the main warehouse, where visitors to Benromach can see it even today.
On August 2nd, the Malt Whisky Centre opened at Benromach to visitors around the world. Situated in the old Drier House, this attractively wood panelled 'heritage' room is dedicated to the story of malt whisky, the whisky producing regions of Scotland, Benromach Distillery and the history of Gordon and MacPhail.
In 2000, Gordon and MacPhail released the first whisky distilled at Benromach since 1983 - Benromach Traditional.

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