Benromach 35 Year Old -release 2016 (70cl, 43%)
A very well presented 35 Year Old Benromach Single Malt, a limited release from Benromach distillery, this 35-year-old whisky was distilled in the early 1980s and aged in first-fill sherry casks. Released in two tranches during 2016.
Benromach was mothballed in 1983 and despite being purchased a decade later by Gordon & MacPhail, wasn't up and running again until 1998. This release predates the 18 year gap in production, with nods in smart the packaging to the original dark grained wooden washbacks as well as the stills and lime washed distillery walls.
Benromach distillery in Speyside was built at the end of the 19th century, and spent much of the next providing malt for the blends of its owners, who included Macdonald Greenlees, Joseph Hobbs and latterly, DCL (now Diageo), who were the first to produce a distillery bottling of its single malt as part of the Rare Malts Selection. DCL closed the distillery in 1983, selling it to current proprietors, Gordon & MacPhail, ten years later. They then had to spend the next five rebuilding it from scratch, as little remained other than the shell of the buildings. It has since become a well-regarded and widely distributed single malt