Benromach Continues Vintage Whisky Bottlings With A 1977 Release - The Whiskey Wash

Benromach Continues Vintage Whisky Bottlings With A 1977 Release

Scotch whisky distillery Benromach has been on something of a roll  with vintage releases from its aging warehouses. We saw earlier this year, for example, a 1975, 41-year-old expression pop up to market. Now word has come from them of Benromach 1977, another super-premium single cask bottling.

Benromach 1977, according to those behind it, quietly aged for some 39 years in a single refill American hogshead before being bottled at 56% ABV earlier this year. It, like other higher end whiskies from this distillery, comes in a special decanter style bottle and dark wooden oak box that’s accompanied by a book going into the history of Benromach and those who work there.

Benromach 1977

“Almost four decades have passed since cask 1268 was laid down to quietly mature in the traditional dunnage warehouses that surround Benromach Distillery,” said David King, Director of Benromach, in a prepared statement. “While this beautiful whisky drew its incredible depth, character and luxurious flavours from the wood, all around 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 revived by the Urquhart family.”

These carefully selected casks give Benromach lovers around the world the chance to own and taste a moment in time from the distillery’s rich history. We’ve been sampling this cask over the years and feel only now that it is ready to be unveiled.”

Plans call for Benromach 1977, limited to 225 bottles, to be available at a price point of €1,500, or almost $1,800 USD. You’ll find official tasting notes below for it from the distillery.

Enjoy the vibrant notes of sweet honey, apricot conserve, orange zest and butterscotch, mingling with developing hints of toasted oak and a delicate menthol edge. Now take a sip. Savour the sweetness leading to a touch of pepper on the tongue followed by notes of ripe banana and luscious passion fruit. Citrus undertones and dried tobacco mingle with toasted oak leading to a fresh menthol finish.

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Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.