Benromach releases limited Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured
Only 6,500 bottles are available of this heavily peated Speysider
It's the first heavily peated Benromach that was matured in Sherry casks, proudly underlines Benromach Distillery Manager Keith Cruikshank in a press release, presenting the Benromach Peat Smoke Sherry Cask Matured. At the distillery in Forres, work is done only by traditional methods without using automated processes and this leaves a lot of room for innovation and experimentation, he says. As for example with the use of heavily peated malt or fulltime maturation in First Fill Sherry Hoghsheads - like for this bottling. In 2010, the barrels were filled, and in 2018 the whisky was bottled. There are only 6,500 bottles and with 59.9% ABV this Benromach is an extremely strong one.
Tasting notes of the producer
Colour: A beautiful dark amber hue from many years of maturation in First Fill Sherry hogsheads.
Nose: Hints of honey cured meats mingling with orange marmalade.
Palate: Sweet top notes and a hint of warming white pepper appear, followed by touches of dried fruits. Delicate hints of ginger develop on the tongue with a lingering edge of bonfire embers on the finish.
The addition of water reveals rich fruits, tangy citrus and delicate hints of spice before Sherry gives way to rich smooth chocolate and a lingering edge of seriously smokiness.
Benromach will soon be joined by a second Gordon & MacPhail distillery
Since 1993 the Benromach Distillery belongs to independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, who reopened it in 1998 after extensive renovations and has placed the Benromach Single Malts with their fruity and slightly smoky character very successfully placed on the market. A few days ago, Gordon & MacPhail published images of the design of the company's planned second distillery in Craggan (we reported here).
Photos: Benromach Distillery