The smallest working distillery in Speyside, Benromach slipped out of view for a while after it was mothballed in the 1980s. Happily, Gordon & MacPhail bought it and re-opened it with new, smaller stills in 1998. The result is a richer whisky and a host of new bottlings.
This whisky is certified by the soil association as organic and is matured in organic virgin American oak (i.e. oak not previously used to mature whisky). Maturing scotch in virgin oak is difficult as the wood can easily overpower the whisky, and The Benromach organic is recognised as the first to really pull it off.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Quite liqueurish. Digestive biscuit. Junipers. Dough. Resin. Amaretto. Sherbet.
Palate: Quickly turns quite bitter which then fades. Almonds. More juniper. Orange skins. Pine. By the finish, it's morphed in to something pretty special, with a distinctive savoury mouth -coating full and fruity conclusion.
Retails for around £40