Gordon & MacPhail has revealed Benromach 1975, a single cask single malt whisky from Benromach Distillery. The whisky was distilled before the Urquhart family bought and revived the distillery.
With an outturn of only 162 bottles available worldwide, Benromach 1975 cask number 3434 has an ABV of 49.9%. It was matured in a refill American Hogshead.
David King, international sales director, explains: “Benromach’s global popularity is growing dramatically and the brand is now exported to more than 40 countries around the world, with sales increasing by 23% in the last twelve months alone.
“Our previous Benromach vintage exclusives have been incredibly successful, with vintages from 1972, 1973 and 1974 selling quickly and we look forward to continuing this success with the launch of the 1975 vintage.
“Our exclusive Heritage single malts celebrate different aspects of Benromach’s history and traditions. After 41 years in a carefully selected refill American Hogshead, the character is both unpredictable and intriguing. I’m confident that whisky fans will be eager to savour this precious single malt that comes steeped in Benromach’s history.”
The rare Speyside single malt, which was distilled before the Urquhart family, the current owners of Benromach, took the reins and brought Benromach Distillery back to life, is presented in a bespoke decanter-style bottle with the contours and copper-colour of the neck and shoulder line depicting Benromach Distillery’s stills.
The wooden presentation box is inspired by the home of Benromach, reflecting the copper of the stills, as well as the dark, grained wood of the original washbacks and the white of the lime-washed distillery walls.
A hardback book accompanies the whisky and delves into Benromach’s history, as well as providing whisky fans with some fascinating stories about the craftsman who, for generations, have tended to the spirit. 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 signed his name on the wall of the filling store whilst former malt man and warehouseman, Willie McArthur, was responsible for tending to the precious casks.
The limited-edition Benromach 1975 is available from specialist whisky retailers. The UK RRP is £1,250, with RRP globally varying depending on local taxes and duty.
For more information on Benromach, and to explore the wide range of expressions available, please visit www.benromach.com.
6 April 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor