The Benromach Cask No. 1 is an incredibly rare bottling crafted from one of the very first casks that were ever filled at Benromach.
The Whisky Brand
Benromach is set in the glorious Speyside hills, in the town of Forres to be exact. They have been around since 1898 and are one of the few distilleries that continue to distil by hand.
They are currently owned by Gordon & MacPhail, who saved it from silence in 1993. It was reopened in 1998, with Prince Charles cutting the ribbon. The distillery is well known for their typical Speyside flavour profile, packed with sherry notes of sweetness and spice.
The Benromach Cask No.1 is everything you would expect from a Speysider, with lots of warmth and caramel notes. The fact that it has been out together using the first cask made when the distillery re-opened in 1998.
The quality is second to none and you can taste the 20 years of dedication that has gone into this malt. It has been matured in first fill Sherry butts.
It opens with a nose of cinnamon, dried fruits and vanilla. There are lots of rich sweet notes, with big, bold notes of caramel and treacle. There is a lot of oak wood as well, with little hints of fudge and rich cream.
The palate is brimming with more sherry and dried fruits. orange and lemon peels also come through. The mouth feel is exceptionally smooth, with a caramel like thickness.
The oak is elegant and thick, with a slightly cinnamon and pepper spice. It ties in well with caramel mouth feel. More oranges appear, with dark chocolate and a slight hint of bitter coffee and leather.
The finish is strong and lingers on citrus peels and vanilla.
Beautifully presented and packed with flavour, this whisky is an exciting opportunity to own a piece of Benromach’s history. And a tasty one at that.