Benromach Landing

Haven’t update my blog for a while and I will catch up with all the past few months’ winery visits that I’d done in Bordeaux and Jerez soon.  Those are articles much into details that kept me from finishing .. it’s almost there!    Since am covering a sizable article on whisky for Harper’s Bazaar magazine (published in Nov issue so stay tuned )  that leads to a crazy 2 weeks of non stop whisky tasting along side with never too much wine events,  I am going to at least post a quick one on my yesterday Benromach – scotch from speyside-  tasting so share some of the thoughts.
The tasting was held at Whisky@Stable in 1881 Heritahe HK.  An event held by Benromach launching their single malt to Asia.

The “heart” of the Benromach range is the flagship whisky Benromach 10 Years Old;  the Spirit of the Year at the 2015 International Spirits Awards in Germany, a gold medal in the Scotch Whisky Masters competition run by the Spirits Business Magazine and a gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  Ewen Mackintosh, Chief Operating Officer at Gordon & MacPhail, owners of Benromach Distillery said: “Our 10YO has a classic pre-1960s Speyside character which is a direct result of all the parts used to create it. Every cask is hand-filled, hand weighed and hand-stamped before maturing in traditional dunnage warehouses.”

“And we are very proud to introduce our portfolio of classic Speyside single malt scotch whiskies. Our company has been passionate about single malt for over a century. It is becoming very popular with discerning drinkers; many are choosing to move away from blended brands and introducing their palates to the more refined and distinctive taste of single malts.”

So let’s try some scotch here, in front of me were 5 different ones with different style:

Benromach 10 Years Old:

After being matured for 10 years, it is bottled at 43% ABV and emerges golden, with a sweet mellow taste and a spicy afterglow with a wisp of smoke .  Every cask is hand-filled, hand weighed and hand-stamped before maturing in traditional dunnage warehouses. I enjoyed this the best amongst all.

Benromach 100° Proof :

It is simply a 10 year old bottled at a significantly higher strength – 100° Proof (more commonly known as 57% ABV these days). It is given its name from an old sailor’s tradition to make sure their rum had not been watered down. They would mix their spirit with gunpowder and if the mixture ignited, its strength was “proved”.  A rich whisky with sherry kicks, stewed fruit, honey and vanilla with gentle smokiness. I mixed slowly with water to see it evolves.

Benromach 15 Years Old :

Golden amber colour with soft smokiness matured in a mix of sherry and bourbon casks . It is bottled at 43% ABV and tastes of spices such as mints and ginger,  plums with orange peel flavours, quite smooth.

Benromach Hermitage 

A 8 years old whisky with a wood finish in Red wine cask from Hermitage appellation D’origine Control for 27 months.  It is sweeter in style with more strawberry notes and less smokey compare to the 10 years. Most participants at the tasting prefer this one and I like this very much too!  I can’t wait to taste their Sassicaia Wood Finish. 

Benromach Peat Smoke

It is malted with high levels of peat smoke at 67ppm (parts per million: the phenol level, to those in the know) matured in first-fill bourbon barrels. It is fruity and smokey, obviously.  If you’re looking for a smoky Speysider, this ought to fit the bill rather nicely.

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Distillery info:

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when leading whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over a five year period before it was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

In reopening Benromach Distillery, Gordon & MacPhail decided to create a classic Speyside single malt – a style that draws its influence from Speyside whiskies pre-1960s.

Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of the ancient market town of Forres. A four star visitor centre is open to the public throughout the year for tours and tastings. Benromach Distillery is a member of the world famous malt whisky trail.

Price Info:

The Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Collection – Benromach 10 Years Old HK$636, Benromach 15 Years Old HK$1073 and Benromach 100° Proof HK$930 are available now at selected retail stores including Rare & Fine Wines, Hung Yuen Provisions and Lillion Wines.

More information can be found at www.benromach.com

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