Blast from the past for small but beautiful distillery

Benromach – new 35-year-old whisky has been released

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL in terms of the Moray distillery that came back from the dead – and is now drawing appreciative comments from around the world.

Now the Benromach Distillery is setting up a treat for true whisky connoisseurs as they produce a special 35-year-old that started life before the Forres distillery closed its doors in 1983.

The Benromach story is in itself fairly unique, having operated from 1898 until it closed in 1983, only to be brought back to life ten years later by Elgin-based Gordon & MacPhail. Five years of renovation work followed and the wee distillery was opened by the Prince of Wales.

Now the distillery is dipping into its pre-Gordon & MacPhail past with the new Benromach 35-year-old, which had been left behind maturing in casks in warehouses when the distillery closed 23 years ago.

“Benromach 35-year-old is a very special whisky for everyone at the distillery as very few casks of Benromach remain from this time period,” distillery manager Keith Cruickshank said. He added: “Benromach today is respecting the traditional working practices of yesteryear and is lovingly hand crafted by sight, by sound and by touch.

“The 35-year-old is the perfect dram to toast the past, present and future of Benromach.”

Anyone wishing to grab a taste of the unique whisky will need to dig deep however, as it will retail at a tasty £425 a bottle – the whisky is available now from specialist retailers.