Whisky Focus - Benromach 1978 Vintage 40 Year Old

Benromach 1978 Vintage 40 Year Old

5th December 2018
Benromach unveils a limited edition 1978 Vintage 40 year old single cask whisky which has been fully matured in refill sherry hogshead cask.

Benromach 1978 Vintage 40 Year Old Cask No. 2608Following on from the popularity of previous 1970's single cask vintage releases from Benromach the distillery today unveiled another rare single cask limited edition expression which was laid down in the 1970's, the Benromach 1978 Vintage 40 Year Old which has been fully matured in a single Refill Sherry Hogshead Cask No. 2608.

The Benromach 1978 single cask has been bottled at a very impressive strength of 56.3% ABV considering it sat in the cask for 40 years, indicating that it was a tight grained cask. The whisky is described by Benromach as having a deep golden hue with an aroma of honey and vanilla, along with ripe fruits, lime and a touch of butterscotch and fresh ginger, with smooth sweetness balanced by a hint of pepper. To taste, it has notes of pear and kiwi, with chocolate and spices, and a touch of subtle peat smoke on the finish.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach distillery manager, said: "Over the 40 years that this intriguing whisky was maturing, it drew incredible depth, character and flavours from the wood. Outside the cask, the distillery was evolving and changing. After it closed in 1983, the distillery lay silent for more than 15 years before it was purchased by the Urquhart family in 1993 and reopened in 1998.

"Our carefully chosen Heritage single cask releases give Benromach lovers the opportunity to taste moments in time from the distillery’s rich history. We are confident our 1978 vintage will surpass expectations and are proud to be releasing such a rare and precious whisky during the 20th anniversary year of distilling restarting here at Benromach."

Benromach 1978 is 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 1978 is a limited release of 184 bottles, it will be available worldwide from today with a RRP in the UK of £1,250 (€1,410) and you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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