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Benromach Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Invererne Rd., Forres, Moray IV36 3EB Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1309 675968 / Fax: +44 (0)1343 540155
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Benromach Distillery Company was founded in 1898 by Duncan MacCallum of Glen Nevis Distillery. Right from the very start, there where obstacles. The building of Benromach was set for completion at the end of 1898, however the timing was unfortunate as a major depression hit the Scotch whisky industry. F.W. Brickmann - a whisky broker and original partner - had to withdraw the following year due to financial troubles and MacCallum had difficulty finding buyers for his product. Over the next 50 years, the distillery changed hands several times before coming under the new ownership of Scottish Malt Distillers. It operated for another 30 years until it closed its doors on March 24, 1983.

Ten years later in 1993, Gordon and MacPhail bought the Benromach Distillery. As the next few years passed, planning was well underway for the distillery's revival. A major ovehaul was in process and the distillery was re-equipped with specially designed and commissioned new stills, a mash tun, and remoulded wash backs.

In 1998 and nearly 100 years after Benromach's first distillation, production resumed once again at the distillery. It was officially reopened by H.R.H. Prince of Wales on October 15, 1998 and it was no surprise to see guests and visitors from all over the world in attendance of this grand opening ceremony. Prince Charles was offered a tasting of special centenary bottling of Benromach. There were only 3500 bottles of this limited edition worldwide.

More good news was to follow...In 1999, the Malt Whisky Center opened its doors and welcomed visitors from all over the world. And in 2004, Benromach Traditional Single Malt Scotch Whisky was launched. This is the first whisky distilled after the reopening in 1998 and it's the first whisky distilled by Gordon and MacPhail.  



Description: Benromach 10 Years Old is hand-crafted at Speyside's smallest working distillery using the finest Scottish malted barley and the purest spring water from the nearby Romach Hills. Matured in the finest, hand selected Sherry & Bourbon casks, Benromach 10 Years Old is returned to sweet Oloroso sherry casks for a final marrying period.

Colour: Golden

Nose: Rich sherry influence with fruit & nut chocolate and delicate spice - cinnamon. Fresh green apples, with a malty, digestive biscuit note and light peat smoke in the background.

Palate: Delicious forest fruits - raspberries and brambles, sherry, malt creaminess with a stronger peat influence.

Body: Long lingering finish with subtle sherry and peat.

Finish: Balanced

Cask: Matured in the finest, hand selected Sherry & Bourbon casks, before being returned to sweet Oloroso sherry casks for a final marrying period.

Alcohol Strength: 43%



Description: Benromach Organic is the first bottled single malt to be fully certified by The Soil Association. The whole process - raw ingredients, distillation, maturation and bottling - is certified organic to rigorous standards. Using pure spring water from the nearby Romach Hills and the finest organic barley, Benromach Organic is made by experienced distillers, personally ensuring only the highest quality spirit is filled into hand selected virgin American oak casks. The virgin American oak casks are made of wood from environmentally managed forests.

Colour: Golden Brown

Nose: Sweet, charred oak aromas with fresh fruit notes (bananas and pineapples). An earthy, toasted aroma also present.

Palate: Sweet, vanilla and toffee flavours. Hints of green apples and orange peel with a rich resinous note.

Body: Smooth and mellow

Finish: Sweet oak and hints of fruit

Cask: Virgin American Oak Casks

Alcohol Strength: 43%

Alwards: Scottish Food & Drinks Excellence Awards 2007 - Supreme Award

Quotes: " cannot do other than sit up and take note of this guns-blazing big 'un. An absolute treat!" (91 points from 100). Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2008.

All Tasting Notes Credit to the Benromach Distillery

The Benromach Distillery &
Malt Whisky Centre

The Malt Whisky Centre, formerly the drier house, opened its door to welcome visitors in 1999. Sit in the 'wee nook' and watch a video depicting the history of Gordon & MacPhail. Enjoy guided tours from their friendly staff or from ‘the man behind the malt’, Distillery Manager, Keith Cruickshank. Browse round the gift shop, enjoy a tutored nosing, wander through our museum or exclusively bottle your own unique bottle of Benromach. Language sheets available.

Opening Times

October to April

Monday to Friday - Excluding Christmas & January
10am - 4pm (last tour 3.00pm)

May to September
Monday to Saturday
9.30am - 5pm (last tour 4.00pm)

Admission Charges
Adult (18 years and over) £3.50
(includes a voucher for £2.50 redeemable at the Distillery on purchases over £25. Conditions apply.

Groups: Groups of 12 and over are welcome – please phone in advance: Tel: +44: (0)1309 675968

Benromach Distillery with its distinctive near-100 foot red brick chimney rising above neat white buildings, is 500 yards on the north side of the Forres by-pass (Aberdeen-Inverness A96 road). Leave by-pass at the sign marked "Waterford", then follow road over level crossing.

Contact Us
Benromach Distillery & Malt Whisky Centre
Invererne Road
Forres, Moray
IV36 3EB Scotland
Tel: +44 01309 675968
Email: Benromach Distillery  

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Jack Smith
Posted 2386 days ago
Benromach is a must-see distillery. Their malt is of the highest quality in Scotland. When you depart from Elgin or Keith headed west, this is a great place to stop.
Joanne Bergstrom, Editor
Posted 3607 days ago
Last night I attended a private Scotch tasting hosted by Derek Hancock - Export Manager for Gordon & MacPhail. I am thoroughly impressed by the Benromach brand. The Traditional Cask was a great introduction - fruity, slightly sweet, subtle hints of smoke - very mellow and approachable. I love Cask Strength scotches and Benromach's falls right in line with "delicious". Just adding a couple drops of water really opened up an array of incredible, bold flavors . Benromach Organic - the FIRST organic single malt whisky - was my favorite of the evening. - smooth, fruit, vanilla, toffee.... Every step used when making this delicious Scotch is certified organic - even the casks which are used are virgin American oak.