Benromach 10 Year Old
The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail’s Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.
Grain by grain, drop by drop, we handcraft our GORGEOUSSpeyside single malt to TASTE the way whisky should from our beautiful part of Scotland.
Enter Benromach 10, which I grabbed in December, whilst in search of a New Year’s Eve bottle that wouldn’t bore me to sleep before midnight. Owned by the excellent independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail, Benromach is a small distillery in Forres which purports to make Speyside whisky ‘the old fashioned way’.
You can read about what that means in reasonably commendable detail on their website, but the long and short of it is a hands-on, computer-free approach with slow(ish) fermentation and distillation, first-fill-only policy on casks, and a lick of peat to keep things old-school.
What’s nice to read is their embracing of inconsistency. Not every batch or bottle will taste the same. And that’s fine. Good, in fact. Obviously, they’ll always be recognisably Benromach, but the little differences and incongruities that make matured whisky the product that it is deserve to be celebrated, not polished over.
80% Bourbon barrels, 20% Sherry hogshead. Final year in first fill Oloroso casks.