Benromach Heritage 1972

The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd has announced the release of two Heritage expressions, Benromach Heritage 1977, a 41-year-old single cask vintage (49.6% abv) and Benromach Heritage 1972, an exclusive 46-year-old single cask vintage (55.7% abv).

Matured in single-refill American Hogsheads, we managed to get our hands on the Benromach Heritage 1972 – and came away wowed. Bursting with creamy vanilla custard and sweet fruits, it had a full, lingering peppery mouth feel, all supported by a bass note of oak and smoke.

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, said: “We’re proud to build on the popularity of previous Benromach vintage releases from the 1970s with these unique single cask bottlings that represent different moments in time from the distillery’s rich history.

“Through careful monitoring and regular sampling throughout the maturation process, these remarkable releases have been aged to over 40 years each. Both golden amber single malts are brimming with fruity flavours and subtle oak notes.  The release of these vintage expressions is an outstanding start to an exciting year for Benromach.”

Just 75 decanters of each have been produced. Every bottle has a copper-foil embossed label and is nestled in a dark oak wooden box, which represents the original washbacks at Benromach.

Benromach Heritage 1977 has a retail price of around £1,250, while the older Benromach Heritage 1972 will sell for £1,500. Not one for everyday drinking, of course, but nonetheless accessible enough to form the perfect centrepiece for a evening with friends, ideally after a long day in the Scottish hills…