About Benromach 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Situated on the outskirts of the ancient Royal Borough of Forres, Benromach Distillery was founded in 1898 by Duncan McCallum, a former distiller at the Glen Nevis Distillery in Campbeltown, and FW Brickman, a former spirits broker from Edinburgh. After just two short years of operation, McCallum and Brickman were forced to close the doors to Benromach Distillery and since then, the distillery has changed hands a number of times. In 1993, malt whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail acquired the distillery and began refurbishing it. The experts at Gordon & MacPhail took five years to re-equip the distillery with two new stills and secure the water rights to Champelton Springs in Romach Hills. On October 15, 1998, Benromach Distillery was officially reopened by Prince Charles of Wales.
Benromach 30 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky was crafted by the previous owners of the distillery. The whisky was made exclusively from malted barley, which was milled and mashed before being fermented in the distillery's wooden washbacks (the washbacks, which are the same washbacks Gordon & MacPhail continue to use, are made of European Larch). While wooden washbacks are more expensive and difficult to maintain as compared to stainless steel washbacks, they absorb a portion of the heat generated during fermentation, and thus allow for a more elegant and refined whisky.
Following fermentation, the whisky was aged for 30 years in first-fill and refill sherry casks. As a result of its 30-year beautyrest, the whisky has an aroma of raisins and stone fruits that are accented by vanilla beans. The aroma gives way to a medium body, with notes of Christmas cake, marzipan and winter spice, and leads to a long finish with touches of cherries, raspberries and ginger.
Benromach 30 Year Old earned a score of 95.5 points from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
, which called it "liquid gold" and named it the Best Single Malt Whisky in 2012.
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