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Benromach

Today, Benromach is the smallest distillery in Speyside with a workforce of just two and a maximum capacity of a mere half million litres annually. Benromach was established in 1898, a year a great number of distilleries came into being. The distillery was built by the Benromach Distillery Company and situated to the north of Forres in Speyside.

Drawing its water from the Chapeltown springs, Benromach was one of the many Speyside distilleries designed by the renowned Charles Doig, the Elgin-based architect who was credited also for Aberlour, Dufftown and Balblair among many others. Benromach, whose name derives from the Gaelic for ‘shaggy mountain’, closed and reopened over the course of the 1930s. In 1983 it was mothballed. It was not until a decade later that the distillery was acquired from United Distillers by Gordon and MacPhail. Following the purchase, Gordon and MacPhail paraded it as a flagship distillery of the old school Speyside style. A more heavily peated malt was used, producing a fuller spirit.

Benromach was reopened officially by Prince Charles in 1998. Under Gordon and MacPhail's ownership, Benromach became the first distillery to release a Soil Association certified whisky with the 2006-released Organic. Other unique expressions have been released since; PeatSmoke, distilled from heavily peated malt at 55ppm as well as a series with the moniker Origins, aimed to draw attention to the effects of different production processes.

Benromach Whisky Distillery

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About Benromach Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01309 675968

Distillery Founded

1898

Distillery Capacity

500 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Forres, Moray

Distillery Owner

Gordon & MacPhail

Distillery Address

Invererne Road, Forres, Morayshire IV36 3EB

Distillery Website

www.benromach.com

1898

Benromach Distillery Company starts the distillery. Duncan McCallum is one of the owners.

1909

The distillery operates under the name Forres Distillery for a few years.

1911

London-based Harvey McNair & Co buys the distillery.

1919

A well-known brewer from Alloa, John Joseph Calder, buys Benromach but immediately sells it to recently founded Benromach Distillery Ltd owned by several breweries.

1931

Benromach is mothballed.

1937

The distillery reopens.

1938

Joseph Hobbs buys Benromach through Associated Scottish Distillers and sells it on to National Distillers of America (NDA).

1953

NDA sells Benromach to Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1966

The distillery is refurbished .

1968

Floor maltings is abolished.

1983

Benromach is mothballed in March.

1993

Gordon & McPhail buys Benromach from United Distillers.

1998

The distillery is once again in operation. A limited edition 17 year old is released to commemorate this and the 100th anniversary of the distillery.

1999

A visitor centre is opened.

2004

The first bottle distilled by the new owners is released under the name ‘Benromach Traditional’ in May. Other novelties (although distilled in UD times) include a 21 year Tokaji finish and a Vintage 1969.

2005

A Port Wood finish (22 years old) and a Vintage 1968 are released together with the Benromach Classic 55 years.

2006

Benromach Organic is released.

2007

Peat Smoke, the first heavily peated whisky from the distillery, is released.

2008

Benromach Origins Golden Promise is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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Benromach 10 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
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.  More info
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$46.83
Benromach 30 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
This fantastic thirty year old whisky from Speyside's smallest distillery is matured in first and refill sherry casks to create this rich dram which scored 95.5 out of 100 in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible...  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$350.22
The Benromach Peat Smoke single malt is back once again, and this time, it's peatier! The 2004 bottling sat at 53ppm, whereas this 2005 bottling weighs in at a hefty 67ppm. What's more, it was matured...  More info
$60.11
An impressively aged Benromach distilled in 1976 before a maturation period spent in the finest Sherry casks. Fruit-rich with mocha notes this is splendid stuff, bottled in 2012.  More info
$665.09
A Smashing 19 year old from Benromach, put together from old, pre-gordon-and-macphail casks.  More info
$461.84
Benromach Traditional
(70cl, 40%)
An entry level bottling for the Benromach range, though nonetheless we have a superbly balanced whisky, 80% of which has been bourbon-matured and the remaining 20% matured in sherry casks.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
$37.43
Benromach Organic
(70cl, 43%)
Benromach Organic is the first Soil Association certified Organic single malt whisky and has enjoyed maturation in new oak, though this is a well-oaked dram, there is plenty of toffee and spice.  More info
$58.03
Batch 4 of Benromach's Origins range, bottled in 2013, is matured entirely in first fill Port pipes and peated to a level of 8ppm. The idea behind the range is to highlight how changing different...  More info
$78.23
Here we have the Benromach Ten Year Old presented in a Black Window Tin with two blender's glasses supplied for enjoying this much under-appreciated Speysider.  More info
$65.21
Origins is a fascinating range from the Gordon & MacPhail-owned distillery, exploring how changing different aspects in the production process will influence the final spirit. Made exclusively with...  More info
$72.03
Benromach Peat Smoke
(70cl, 46%)
This is the 2004 bottling of the Benromach Peat Smoke. This Speyside whisky has been peated to 53ppm and is a great alternative to the coastal peaty whiskies made in the Islands.  More info
$58.32
A lightly peated Benromach from the Origins line. This is the second batch in the range and it is was peated to 4ppm before a full maturation in port pipes.  More info
A fairly rare bottling of Benromach from Gordon and MacPhail, these older Benromach are very well regarded and are becoming increasingly hard to find.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$319.83
This 19 year old Speyside single malt from Benromach was aged in first fill sherry hogshead and has been bottled at a potent strength proffering warming, spicy notes of marmalade and rum.  More info
This is part of a release of three special single cask bottlings which commemorate the association of Benromach and the Glasgow: Scotland with Style Clipper which participated in the Clipper 08-08...  More info
The Origins series from Benromach was released to demonstrate the affects of various production processes. Distilled in 1999, Batch 1 is distilled from Golden Promise barley grown locally in Speyside...  More info
$66.43
Benromach 25 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A 25 year old from the Benromach distillery, aged in refill American hogsheads.  More info
$95.40
A single cask Benromach celebrating the 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. This represents Glasgow at the 55th Line of Latitude.  More info
Benromach 21 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Matured in first fill and refill sherry casks, this 21 year old is a rich, toffeed single malt with full-body and spice distilled at the Benromach distillery, Speyside's smallest working distillery.  More info
A 2000 bottling from the Benromach distillery, celebrating 8y years of the Forres Highland Games, of which Benromach are also a sponsor.  More info
An 8 year old bottling this Benromach single malt was distilled in 2000 and finished in Madeira casks and exhibits all the character one would hope for from a dessert wine cask. A thick, chewable...  More info
Benromach 1968
(70cl, 43%)
A thick, sherried single malt from the Benromach distillery with lovely spice, distilled in 1968 and aged for 39 years in a refill sherry hogshead.  More info
$449.69
The 2nd release of single cask whisky from Benromach to commemorate the Glasgow: Scotland with Style Clipper. Latitude 53 represents Liverpool on the 53rd line of latitude.  More info
The entry level bottling from Benromach, traditional is mostly matured in bourbon, with around 1/5 of the spirit being matured in sherry. This comes with two blenders glasses to help you taste.  More info
$52.18
Part of Benromach's Origins series which shows different production processes. Batch 2 is distilled from well-peated malt and matured in first fill ex-bourbon casks and offers the classic Benromach...  More info
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