Whisky Focus - Benromach 21 Year Old Review

Benromach 21 Year Old Joins The Core Range

1st October 2020
Benromach 21 year old launches in the new look packaging.

Benromach 21 Year OldFollowing on from the recent makeover of the Benromach whisky range's packaging the distillery has unveiled the first new expression to be presented in the new look bottle and box, today they launched the Benromach 21 Year Old which will be a permanent addition to the Speyside distillery's core range.

The new Benromach 21 Year Old has been matured exclusively in a combination of first-fill sherry and bourbon casks, so there should be no shortage of cask influence on the 21 year old dram, Benromach tells me that it leads with sherry aromas followed by the taste of subtle spice, raspberry and Seville orange, with a soft smoky finish.

The Benromach new look launched back in June in the midst of lockdown so you can be forgiven for missing it, its new look core range, which includes the 10 Year Old, 15 Year Old and 2009 Cask Strength Vintage which is now shipping to several markets throughout Europe and Asia. These designs were inspired by the Speyside distillery’s history and traditional approach to making their award-winning single malt whisky, and are now beginning to appear on the shelves of specialist whisky retailers.

Keith Cruickshank, Distillery Manager at Benromach, commented on the new addition to the Benromach range, saying: "The 21 Year Old is the oldest expression we have offered in our core line up since our team reopened the distillery 22 years ago. As an older whisky which is still grounded in our commitment to using only the finest first-fill bourbon and sherry casks, it provides a unique take on the classic Benromach style.

"We’re proud to see our new bottles which better reflect the Benromach story and approach to whisky making, now filling stockists’ shelves and drinks cabinets around the world. Made by hand for genuine character, Benromach is a traditional Speyside distillery owned by a family intent on producing single malt the right way. Our small team of distillers rely entirely on their expertise and senses to make the finest handmade whisky, matured exclusively in first-fill casks, with a subtly smoky character and authentic Benromach taste."

The Benromach 21 Year Old is bottled at 43% ABV and has a RRP of £129 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Benromach 21 Year Old Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet Sherry aromas with underlying citrus, ginger and oak notes, accompanied by a touch of smoke.

Taste: Sweet initially with cracked black pepper, Seville orange and raspberry flavours lead to baked apple and subtle spice.

Finish: Charred oak and soft smoke.

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