Gordon & MacPhail is following up on the first “Origins” whisky (one that featured Golden Promise barley) with two new ones, schedules for release later this year. As you can see here, I wasn’t thrilled with the first Origins release, Hopefully, these two will be better. Details are below.
New Additions Boost Benromach Origins Range
Speyside’s smallest whisky distillery, Benromach, has added two new variants to its Origins range.
Benromach Origins Batch No. 2 was distilled in 1999 and has been fully matured in Port Pipes. This is the first Benromach expression to be fully matured in a wine cask, allowing the characteristics of the port to infuse with the whisky. The resultant single malt has red berry fruitiness with hints of orange peel, dark chocolate and soft smoke.
Benromach Origins Batch No. 3, distilled in 2000, has been created using the finest Optic barley then matured in Sherry casks. It displays zesty citrus flavours, softly infused with spicy aniseed and menthol notes.
The two new whiskies are the latest additions to Origins – a series of special bottlings launched in 2008 to highlight how small changes in the art of whisky making can help shape the character of the final single malt. Each batch displays the ‘Benromach style’ of peat-smoke with malt aromas and a delicate perfumed nose, while at the same time offering a slightly different sensation for the consumer.
Benromach Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank anticipates that the new whiskies will be popular with both fans and novices alike:
“It’s two years since we released the first batch of Benromach Origins, created using Golden Promise barley”, said Keith.
“These two new batches are quite different but still recognisably ‘Benromach’ in style”, he continued.
“Because we are such a small operation, with just two distilling staff, we have the freedom to make changes to the whisky-making process, while maintaining our commitment to handmade quality. This results in interesting and innovative variations.”
Benromach has also recently re-packaged its exclusive Vintage Speyside Single Malt. This sophisticated greatly-aged single malt, a winner at this year’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards and described as ‘a powerful presentation of a Sherry-matured Speysider’, has been encased in a sleek brushed metal tin, replacing the previous outer box, to give it a stylish and contemporary look in line with other whiskies in the Benromach range.
Benromach Origins Batch 2 and 3, and Benromach Vintage will be available from whisky shops and fine wine and spirits retail specialists with suggested UK retail prices of £38.50 (Benromach Origins Batch 2 and 3) and £299.00 (Benromach Vintage).
Notes: Benromach distillery is Speyside’s smallest. Based in the attractive Moray town of Forres, the gateway to Scotland’s famous whisky producing region, just two expert distillers make this sweet, golden malt whisky.
The distillery went through many changes of ownership and closures before being ‘rescued’ and restored by local family-owned firm Gordon & MacPhail in 1993, and was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in 1998.
For more information about Benromach Distillery and the Benromach range of Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskies go to www.benromach.com.