Whisky Focus - Benromach 1976 Single Cask 2393 Review

Benromach 1976 Single Cask Visitor Centre Exclusive

28th April 2017
Benromach launch a very limited edition 1976 Single Cask whisky which is available exclusively in the distillery visitor centre.

Benromach 1976 Single Cask No. 2393Benromach have announced the release of Benromach 1976 Single Cask No. 2393 which will be available exclusively at the Benromach distillery visitor centre shop.

The rather special single malt whisky was launched at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival to celebrate a successful year for the distillery and visitor centre. Distillery Manager, Keith Cruickshank was there to lead the launch alongside long standing member of the Benromach family, Tom Anderson.

Tom worked as a distiller at Laphroaig and a brewer at Lagavulin, living on Islay for decades before being tempted over to the east coast by Benromach. Here, he worked throughout the whole time these rare whiskies were distilled. Tom hand-filled the very last casks of Benromach in 1983 before the distillery was mothballed for fifteen years. Long retired, Tom, who is in his 80s, still lives at Benromach today, in the rose covered cottage where he and his wife brought up his family.

Benromach 1976 was matured in a Refill American Hogshead cask and bottled at 53.5% ABV, the 1976 truly is a very limited release with only 32 bottles available. Benromach tell me that it is is a dark golden malt with an exceptionally rare character of succulent fruits, with smooth, peppery hints followed by sweet aniseed.

Distillery Manager, Keith Cruickshank and Tom Anderson raise a glass of the Benromach 1976

Like previous vintage exclusives, this limited-edition Speyside single malt is presented in a bespoke decanter-style bottle with the contours and copper-colour of the neck and shoulder line representing Benromach Distilleryís stills. The oak 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 beautifully written hardback 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.

Susan Colville, Benromach Brand Home Manager, explained: "With the growing popularity of our Distillery and visitor centre with whisky fans from around the world, we carried out extensive renovations during 2015 and 2016 to really showcase what Benromach has to offer and last year we welcomed more visitors than ever before, with over 12,000 whisky fans coming through our doors."

The growth of Benromach led to the expansion at the distillery and visitor centre 18 months ago, and included new warehouses and a larger team. The four-star visitor centre at Benromach Distillery, open to the public throughout the year for tours, now features three tasting rooms for visitors to experience, while Benromach House - the old distillery managerís house - was also renovated to hold a new tasting room. Refurbishment of the visitor centre toilets was completed in March 2017.

The Benromach 1976 is available exclusively at the distilleryís visitor centre with a RRP of £1250. If you will not be lucky enough to be visiting the Benromach distillery anytime soon then you will find the current Benromach whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Master of Malt

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