Distillery – Benromach
Tour – Contrast tour & tasting
Cost – £15
Host – Brian
Time & date 14:00 Saturday 14th May 2016
Our Dramventuring recently(ish) took us to the heart of whisky country in Speyside and the lovely town of Forres. Kirsty and I booked the Benromach contrast tour and tasting. The distillery is a short walk from Forres High street and only a few minutes from the train station.
On arrival we were greeted warmly by our host Brian. The tour starts with a short film on Benromach and its parent company Gordon MacPhail. I was a little sceptical but actually really enjoyed the dvd presentation which was very well made. Brian then showed us around the distillery which was absolutely wonderful. Fully restored and reopened in 1998 the company have managed to maintain its traditional features and I felt the restoration was very tastefully done. If you’ve been to other distilleries you’ll be struck by how small the operation is, producing only 260000 litres of spirit annually.
We were soon ushered into the tasting room which is located in the former distillery managers house. This has been converted into offices and as tasting / meeting room. We were given four expressions of Benromach, the Organic, 5yo, 10yo and the Benromach peat smoked.
Being a fan of Benromach I enjoyed all four, tasting notes for which can be found on the Benromach website
I was pleasantly surprised by the organic which was smooth, sweet and very drinkable. My favourite of the four was the peat smoked which despite its high phenol content – 67 ppm still retained the sweet fruit notes of a classic Speyside malt.
Following the initial four drams, Brian treated us to a taste of the Benromach 100 proof. This is a classic 10yo Benromach at cask strength of 57%abv. I felt it packed just enough punch to set it apart from the others and I really enjoyed it.
We finished the tour by browsing the shop but as I already have three bottles of Benromach I couldn’t justify a fourth! That said the tour was very good value for money and I dare say I’ll probably purchase the 100proof before long.
Brian was an excellent host and when I phoned to book this tour the distillery recommended a hotel to us which we booked to stay in and were very impressed with.