Speyside is home to some of the World’s best known Whiskys including Aberlour, Dalwhinnie, The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and Glenrothes…to name ‘just a few of my favourite things…’
Benromach is actually the smallest of Distilleries from this North Eastern Scottish district and it has crafted a unique Single Malt Whisky to set it apart from some of the power house whiskies that call Speyside home.
Distilled in 2010, Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the world’s first Organic whisky!
Producing a certified Organic whisky is no easy task. From the Barley, to all the raw materials, Benromach had to ensure that all items were certified organic to the UK Soil Association specifications. The casks even provided a challenge for the distillery as they could not use traditional ex-Bourbon or ex-Cherry casks. Instead, they sourced virgin American oak for the maturation process. The use of Virgin casks gives Benromach another unique feature; being the first whisky to mature in virgin casks.
Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a non-chilled filtered whisky that has been highly acclaimed by the Ulitmate Beverage Challenge in 2014, awarding this classic whisky with 92 points.
Of interesting note, the Distillery has had a turbulent past. Established in 1898, the Distillery quickly closed two years after opening in 1900 falling victim to the Pattison Whisky Crisis. In 1911, it reopened again, only for a short stint until it was a casualty of the First World War. Following the end of WWI, the Distillery was opened again under Benromach Distillery Ltd; however this only lasted until 1925, where again, the Distillery lay dormant until 1937.
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1937 saw new life brought into Benromach under the management of Associated Scottish Distilleries Ltd; however this only lasted until 1953. At this time, ownership changed once again and for three decades, remained under the control of DCL; until they too closed in 1983.
Benromach was purchased by Gordon & Macphail in 1993 where they virtually started the Distillery from scratch. This gave rise to an amazing range of world class Whiskys, of which Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky is truly in a league of its own.
Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky Claim: It’s delightfully sweet and malty at first, and after a few inhalations you may detect vanilla, toffee and banana influences coming through.
WHISKEYTEK Review: Without a doubt, Benromach brings a delightful sweetness with a subtle hint of toffee. The Banana influence definitely peaked after a few inhalations. It was quite deceiving and almost surprisingly delicious.
Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky Claim: The smooth and mellow body has an exotic carnival feel with some gorgeous chilli spice and tropical fruit flavours, balanced with creaminess and a dark chocolate edge: a mouth-watering balance with a smooth and long finish.
WHISKEYTEK Review: Compared to Armorik which we recently reviewed, Benromach tends to hit the back of your tongue compared to Armorik which focused on the Apex. Benromach is surprisingly subtle and even gentle on the Apex of your tongue where the vanilla makes its presence felt. Tones of dark chocolate are also notable enhancing the overall enjoyment of Benromach.
Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky Claim: A Smooth, long finish with loads of sweet toffee and vanilla.
WHISKEYTEK Review: Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky certainly has a long finish. Its starts with a subtle entry statement and then lets its presence be know without a doubt. It packs a delightful vanilla, toffee punch which is most enjoyable. At 43% alcohol, I would recommend against adding a few drops of water, or ice to this Whisky. It is perfect just as it is.
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Organic whisky are limited to only one in the world..why not give Benromach Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky a try?
Whiskytek…over and out.