Benromach 30 1976

Benromach Part 2: 30yo and 1976 vintage

As much as I liked the younger stuff from Benromach (read part 1 here), they can’t top the last two whiskies I had as part of a Discovery Tour-tasting a couple weeks back at the distillery. These whiskies are both distilled prior to the closing of Benromach in 1983. And after the takeover by Gordon & MacPhail the entire distillery has been refurbished with new stills, tuns, washbacks, etc. Literally everything’s been replaced, so in effect were talking about two different distilleries.

Benromach 30yo

Benromach 30yo (43%, first and refill sherry casks)

Nose: Dried fruit and christmassy, with raisins having the upper hand. Also some toffee, caramel and fudge. This makes for a very nice and complex nose.
Taste: Some aniseed, marzipan and peach compliment the spices. A warming mouthfeel despite the relatively low alcohol percentage.
Finish: Surprisingly there’s some lovely subtle wood smoke here, which goes well with the aromas from the nose and taste.

Rating: 88

Benromach 1976

Benromach 1976/2012 (46%, OB)

Nose: Much more fruitier than the 30yo, which gives it a lovely fresh nose. Some coconut shavings and citrus. In the background there is some sherry influence. Very complex.
Taste: Very creamy with some chocolate, that surprisingly wasn’t there in the nose. Also some great nuttiness and some light smoke, while it still keeps that fruity freshness.
Finish: An endless finish, really superb. A little bit of smoke again, and long fruit notes, citrus.

Rating: 92

In conclusion

The 30yo is a very good whisky, but that 1976 is in an entirely different class. What a great whisky! A shame that it’s also twice the price of it’s younger brother.

Want to read part 1? Click here.

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