MARK Angus, retail manager for Gordon and MacPhail, continues his look at Speyside malt whiskies in the run-up to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival from May 1-4.
Here he opens a bottle of Benromach 10-years-old:
Benromach Distillery is located on the outskirts of Forres. Established in 1898, the distillery experienced many closures and changes of ownership prior to 1993 when malt whisky specialists, Gordon & MacPhail rescued it.
Just two experienced distillers create Benromach using the finest Scottish barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach Hills.
Benromach 10 Years Old is a multi-award winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky hand-crafted at Speyside’s smallest working distillery.
Initially matured in a mix of Bourbon and Sherry casks, the whisky is transferred to European oak Oloroso Sherry casks for a final period of maturation.
Tasting notes: The result is a beautifully balanced dram, displaying a rich sherry character, forest fruit flavours, malt creaminess and a light peat smoke influence.