Benromach 1970/1991 Gordon & MacPhail
If you’re looking for really old Benromach (early seventies or even older) than you don’t have much choice. One of the options is the bottling featured in part six of my Benromach Extravaganza, which stems from 1970 and comes from the vast stocks of Gordon & MacPhail. It semi-regularly pops up on whisky auctions. There really isn’t much information about this whisky, neither on the label nor on the internet, other than the vintage and the year it was bottled.
Benromach 1970/1991 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail, ‘Old Map Label’)
Nose: It starts a bit dusty, but improves quite a lot after a while. Some raspberries, lemon and freshly squeezed oranges. A hint of brown sugar, smoke and tobacco leaves, some fudge and vanilla as well.
Taste: There’s definitely a touch of (peat) smoke here, as well as some furniture polish and leather. Lovely. Old school. Also cloves and nutmeg. I find a bit of fruitiness, but not much. Bitter oranges.
Finish: Menthol and tobacco. Some spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). Pretty long.
Such a delicate whisky, one to really spend time with. It’s really a treat to taste older bottlings like these, although I can’t help but wonder just how good this would’ve been at cask strength.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.