Benromach unveils rare 50-year-old single malt

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Worth the wait: expect sherry aromas, ripe fruits and an oak finish from Benromach’s new release
Worth the wait: expect sherry aromas, ripe fruits and an oak finish from Benromach’s new release

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Malt Whisky Trail member – Benromach Distillery – has revealed one of its rarest single malt releases after spending half a century maturing in a former sherry hogshead cask.

Laid down in 1969, Benromach 50 Years Old is a hand-crafted single malt and is available as a limited release from the distillery with only 125 bottles available for purchase.

Benromach Distillery manager Keith Cruickshank said: “Benromach 50 Years Old is the oldest expression in our current range and was carefully crafted by my predecessors using many of the timeless methods that we still use at Benromach Distillery to this day.

“There is an unwavering focus on sourcing the finest Scottish barley, drawing the purest local spring water and relying on the expertise and senses of our distillers to create a spirit that’s truly handcrafted.”

Back to life

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family purchased it in 1993.

The distillery was re-equipped over a five-year period before it was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Rothesay – Prince Charles – in 1998.

The distillery, in Forres, is one of few in Scotland to maintain a handcrafted approach to whisky making without the use of automated machinery.

The small team of distillers craft the Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies by managing the process by sight, sound and touch to create the Benromach taste.

Touch of smoke

Cruickshank said Benromach is known for its range of classic Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, balanced with a light touch of smoke.

He added: “This old and rare expression exudes undertones of gentle smoke and rewards 50 years of patience and nurture with sweet sherry aromas, ripe fruits and a mellow, mature oak finish.”

Benromach 50 years old is non chill-filtered and is bottled at 44.6% ABV.

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