Whisky Review: Benromach 42 Year Old 1973 Heritage Single Cask

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Benromach Distillery

Bottling: Gordon & Macphail

ABV: 48.9%

Cost: £1395

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What they say:

UK EXCLUSIVE SINGLE CASK BENROMACH HERITAGE 1973 LAUNCHED

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has added an incredibly rare single cask malt whisky to its range with the launch of Benromach Heritage 1973.

Exclusive to the UK market, there will only be an outturn of 52 bottles of this limited edition single malt.

Benromach 1973 (ABV 48.9%), cask number 4606, is a dark golden malt, matured in a Refill American Hogshead, with hints of dark chocolate and a peppery smooth finish.

The rare Speyside single malt is presented in an evocative decanter-style bottle; the contours of the neck and shoulder line sculpted to represent copper stills, whilst the copper-coloured neck collar adds a luxurious touch.

The wooden presentation box is inspired by the home of Benromach, reflecting the copper of the stills in use today, as well as the dark, grained wood of the original washbacks and the white of the lime washed distillery walls. A book accompanies the whisky which delves into the Benromach history, as well as providing whisky fans with some fascinating stories about the people behind the whisky.

This UK exclusive was distilled before the Urquhart family took the reins and brought Benromach Distillery back to life in 1998.

Former Brewer Tom Anderson, who still lives in a cottage at the distillery, was one of the men to witness the filling of the last casks at Benromach, and proudly signed his name on the wall of the filling store. Former malt man and warehouseman, Willie McArthur, was responsible for tending to the precious casks.

Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank explained:

“Benromach 1973 is very much a dram to be treasured. It was crafted with great care using many of the same skills and practises adopted at Benromach today.

“It’s been maturing for 42 years, but now is the time for whisky lovers to savour this precious single malt. I’m sure those who really take their whisky seriously will enjoy the chance to experience a little bit of Benromach history.”

The limited edition Benromach 1973 is available at specialist UK whisky retailers with an RRP of £1395.

What I say:

Sampled during the Benromach Christmas Tweet Tasting (2016), many thanks to Tom @TomsWhiskyReviews for sharing his sample with us to enable us to join in. Read Tom’s thoughts on the Benromach 1973 single cask here. This single cask expression was selected and bottled after spending a full 42 year maturation since distillation in 1973!

Colour:

Eiswein/copper amber (7/20), oily legs, medium-fine and loose tears

Nose:

Spiced and almost candy sweet with white pear  & tropical fruits, pineapple, dried mango, Ginger and orange marmalade, heather honey, quite light and floral & fresh with citric lemon zest, toffee, malted barley flour, vanilla essence, leathery hints and orange creams

Taste:

Rich, banana and zesty lime juice, dried mango and papaya, pineapple juice, honeycomb/beeswax, some crystalline almost menthol woody spices,

Finish:

Long, drying, zesty tannic, more concentrated pineapple juice

Overall:

Wow! Packed full of tropical fruits like only aged whisky knows how. This is a wonderful and luxurious dram from Benromach. Not at all what I was expecting as the colour and maturation indicated reasonable sherry influence with pepper and chocolate. I just couldn’t get past that mass of sweet & ripe tropical fruit!

Score: 91/100

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