Whisky Focus - Benromach Heritage 1972 & 1977

Benromach Heritage 1972 & 1977


21st February 2019
Benromach kicks off 2019 with a pair of 1970's vintage expressions, Benromach Heritage 1972 46 Year Old and Benromach Heritage1977 41 Year Old.

Benromach Heritage 1972 46 Year Old and Benromach Heritage1977 41 Year Old

Benromach distillery is kicking off 2019 with two very special 1970's rare vintage single cask expressions, the oldest of the pair is the Benromach Heritage 1972 46 Year Old which has been bottled at a rather impressive 55.7% ABV considering the years which it spent in the cask which undoubtedly had a very tight grain for it to retain this level of strength after 46 years. The second whisky is the Benromach Heritage 1977 41 Year Old which has been bottled at 49.6% ABV.

Both whiskies have been matured in single Refill American Hogsheads and will be available for worldwide sale from today, 21st February 2019.

Benromach Heritage 1977 is described as having flavours of warm apple pie, poached pear and hints of ginger, mixed with subtle floral notes complemented by rich apricot jam. Only 122 decanters of this single cask vintage were bottled from cask number 1269 on 8th October 2018.

The Benromach Heritage 1972 is described as having a golden amber hue with a tempting nose of vanilla custard, honey and tropical fruits, with intriguing hints of mature oak and an edge of fresh menthol. With lingering oak flavours and hints of smoke on the finish, just 75 decanters of this single cask vintage were bottled from cask number 4471 on 11th December 2018.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, said: "We’re proud to build on the popularity of previous Benromach vintage releases from the 1970s with these unique single cask bottlings that represent different moments in time from the distillery’s rich history.

"Through careful monitoring and regular sampling throughout the maturation process, these remarkable releases have been aged to over 40 years each. Both golden amber single malts are brimming with fruity flavours and subtle oak notes. The release of these vintage expressions is an outstanding start to an exciting year for Benromach."

As you would expect for such whiskies, both expressions are beautifully presented in a decanter-style bottle with shapes and textures inspired by the distillery. The bottle has a copper-foil embossed label and nestles in a dark oak wooden box, representing the original washbacks at Benromach. The copper cut medallion on the packaging signifies the moment in time when the distillers cut to the sweet heart of the spirit run.

The Benromach 1977 has a RRP of £1,250 while Benromach 1972 has an RRP of £1,500 and will be available from available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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