Benromach

   

Benromach distillery is located in Forres, Morayshire and within the Speyside whisky region.

It was founded in 1898 by a partnership between Duncan McCallum and FW. Brickman a spirit merchant.

It was opened in 1900 but unfortuantley closed shortly afterwards.

Duncan McCallum operated the distillery under his sole ownership between 1907-1910, but under the name "Forres" and not Benromach.

   
 

Benromach burst into life again after WWI only to close again in 1931.

ASD (Associated Scottish Distillers) purchased Benromach in 1938, but were themselves to become part of DCL in 1953.

The distillery was refurbished and rebuilt throughout the 1960's & 70's but closed once again in 1983

1992 Saw Benromach purchased by Gordon & MacPhail the independent bottler and it was finally officially reopened (again) in 1998 by Prince Charles.

General whisky characteristics: Creamy, smooth, short

 

 
 

More great distillery info here thanks to Malt Madness

 

Distillery photos by kind permission of Teun van Wel

 

 

   

Benromach, Traditional, 40% ABV

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Gold

Nose: Stables. Hints of hay, straw, barns, leather, polish & a little antiseptic cream.

Palate: Creamy and smooth, almost melon ice cream.

Finish: Short and slightly bitter, perhaps a cross between melon and grapefruit.

Overall Impression: Smoother and creamier than the nose would suggest, but lacking a little depth and 'ooomph'.

 

   
   

Benromach, 10y, 43% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;

 
 

Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Light gold

Nose: Slightly antiseptic hay and barn. As if the barn has just been cleaned out and sterilised. With leather riding boots left in the corner.

Palate: Smooth but a slightly watery mouth feel. The grass/hay, barn and leather are present, but so is some fresh fruit along the lines of star fruit, melon or possibly kiwi.

Finish: Quite long, slightly bitter and fruity with hints of leather.

Overall Impression: This one packs a fair amount of that 'ooomph', but has lots of farmyard mixed in with slightly bitter fruit.

 

   
   

Benromach, 2001, distilled 2001, bottled 2010, 59.9% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Very pale yellow

Nose: Now this is immediately unusual; I almost have a Chinese take-away in my glass, it's very reminiscent of a light Chinese meal with lots of (boiled) rice. Afforded more time this expands to include dried wood and a hint of aromatic outdoor swimming pool. It then returns to a Chinese take-away theme with a sweet & sour fruitiness. All this may sound strange, but the nose works very well and I happen to like it.

Palate: A creamy leafiness spreads across the palate, followed by vanilla and faint liquorice, perhaps even a suggestion of pumpkin soup with toasted almond or even pumpkin oil as a dressing.

Finish: Long, slightly dry, faintly toasted.

Overall Impression: Between the nose and palate this may sound like a banquet in a glass, in fact it's a whisky with lots happening and is even well balanced. I like it, lots.

 

   
   

Benromach, 30y, 43% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Glowing amber in midday sun

Nose: Starts slowly or faintly but with a definite suggestion of aged oak. Then comes a hint of traditional wax furniture polish and a mixture of dark sherried fruits. After 2-3 minutes it gains a light leafiness but as more time passes the polished wood expands further to provide an extremely aromatic whisky.

Palate: Very smooth and creamy mouth-feel with plenty of aromatic wood and creamy vanilla. Also some hints of cherry and burgundy, the wine, not the colour.

Finish: Long, sophisticated and smooth

Overall Impression: Excellent, a marvellous whisky which almost reached 'greatness' on my scale.

 

   

 

   

Exclusive Malts, Benromach, 'Glenmosset', 1999, 11y, 55.2% ABV

David Stirk's Creative Whisky Co.

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich polished oak - dark amber

Nose: Raisins, figs and prunes combine to provide the body of a dark fruit cocktail, whilst dark cherries provide a little extra background along with a suggestion of aged wood.

Palate: Those dark fruits also appear on the palate along with the aged wood, but these are joined by something almost rubbery in a sligthly smoky kind of way. This does seem to be crying out for a few drops of water.

With 4 drops of water: That wood from the nose has gained some salt to become quite maritime and remind me of my fabled Atlantic jetty, nice! The palate initially comes across as warmed (red) berries alongside the wood.

A further 4 drops of water: Hints of rubber are now added to the nose, whilst the palate increases in intensity.

5 More drops of water: The nose is now even more 'maritime' as the wood, salt & smoke increase, but so does the rubber which means I now have a rubber dinghy moored to my Atlantic jetty. The palate is suddenly lighter, smoother and less intense, with less rubber too, whilst the fruit is increased to provide a more 'balanced' character.

Finish: Long, longer and a little more pepper with water.

Overall Impression: A very interesting whisky which I feel improves with water. Very good too.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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