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Benromach Cask No 1 To Be Sold In Aid Of Charitable Causes


3rd September 2018
Benromach Cask No 1, the first whisky cask laid down at the Benromach distillery since reopening to be sold in aid of charitable causes.

Benromach Cask No 1

It is now 20 years since Gordon & MacPhail reopened the Benromach Distillery in Forres and to mark the 20th anniversary of the reopening the distillery today announced that they will release Benromach Cask No 1, a rare and I am sure will be a highly sought after limited-edition expression taken from the first cask that was laid down when the distillery reopened after many years of closure. The cask itself was signed by HRH The Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles, during the distillery’s official reopening ceremony on 15th October 1998.

Marking a defining moment in the distillery’s history and a key date in this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations, all profits from the sale of Benromach Cask No 1 will be donated to charitable causes.

Matured in a First Fill Sherry Butt, it was bottled at a cask strength of 60.1% ABV on the 21st August 2018, exactly 20 years after it was filled. A limited release of 575 bottles which will be sold exclusively through Benromach Distillery’s Visitor Centre with a RRP of £1,000.

The cask strength 1998 vintage whisky is said to capture the classic Speyside character of Benromach, balanced with a light touch of smoke and is described by Benromach as having a "sumptuous vintage character of rich fruits, smooth chocolate and warm spices, with hints of zingy citrus, coffee bean and charred oak".

Originally built in 1898, Benromach Distillery was brought back to life when the Urquhart family purchased it in 1993. The distillery was extensively re-equipped over five years before it was officially opened on 15th October 1998 by HRH The Duke of Rothesay.

I am sure you will all agree that it is a fantastic gesture by the Urquhart family to donate all the profits from the sale the Benromach Cask No 1 to charitable causes, which with a £1,000 ticket price should be a considerable amount.

It is the oldest whisky to be launched as part of the Benromach Classic range since the distillery reopened and as you would imagine for such a whisky it is presented in premium packaging, a wooded presentation box with striking doors, behind the doors is the decanter which displays the distillation and bottling date, as well as the date the distillery was first established – 1898. Each decanter is closed with a copper stopper, reminiscent of Benromach’s gleaming copper stills.

HRH The Duke of Rothesay, Prince Charles signs Benromach Cask No 1 during visit in 1998.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, who joined as a distiller in 1998.commented: "I was proud to witness HRH The Duke of Rothesay sign the first cask of our own distilled spirit 20 years ago. This unique single cask offers whisky lovers the chance to own, savour and share an incredibly special moment in the history of the Benromach Distillery.

"Benromach Cask No 1 is a treasured bottle and is the oldest and most exclusive whisky to be launched as part of the Classic range since the distillery was revived. Part of our Classic range of Speyside single malt scotch whiskies, it offers succulent blackberries and stewed damson plum with a hint of roasted hazelnut and charred oak on the finish."

All 575 decanters are individually numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Keith Cruickshank, Distillery Manager. A beautifully written hardback book accompanies the whisky, themed around the idea of firsts, which captures the time-honoured craftsmanship employed in every spirit cut and hand-filled cask of Benromach, beginning with Cask No 1 and continuing today with every cask that is laid down.

Pre-orders can be placed from today, 3rd September, with decanters available from 15th October 2018.

You will also find the current Benromach whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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