The Speyside distillery Benromach recently launched its second annual Benromach 40 Year Old expression.
The whisky maker bottled about a thousand of the limited single malt. The launch of the 40 Year Old follows on the heels of an award showing for Benromach at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022, where the rare expression won Best in Show.
A statement from the distiller explains that the 40 Year Old is bottled at a cask strength of 57.6% ABV, and the liquid within spent more than four decades maturing in sherry casks.
Distiller’s notes show that with hints of roasted hazelnuts, baked apple, dark chocolate and mature oak, this 40 Year Old builds on ginger and stewed fruit aromas that were present in the whisky’s first batch release.
Keith Cruickshank, Benromach distillery manager, said, “This rare whisky truly is something special and reflects the nuance and character of the casks it has been matured in. Fragrant cinnamon and ginger spices complement flavors of Seville oranges, sweet Morello cherries, stewed berries and a hint of roasted hazelnut. This is combined with baked apple, liquorice, subtle black pepper and rich dark chocolate notes, before finishing with forest fruits and mature oak.”
The single malt’s bottle comes in a black-stained oak wooden box with copper-colored detailing and printed metal plaques. The Benromach bottle itself features an embossed, gold foil label.
Benromach 40 Year Old 2022 distiller’s notes:
- Color: Dark amber.
- Aroma: Cinnamon and ginger spices with Seville orange. Stewed red berries develop with a hint of roasted hazelnut.
- Palate: Sweet Morello cherry flavors combine with baked apple and liquorice. Dark chocolate notes leading to fruitcake and subtle black pepper.
- Finish: Full with forest fruits and mature oak.
- Maturation: Sherry casks.
- ABV: 57.6%.
- Price: £2,000.
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