Speyside distillery Benromach has bottled the first whisky cask laid down when the site was brought back into production in 1998.Benromach Cask No 1 marks the moment the first cask was laid down when the distillery reopened after many years of closure. Prince Charles signed the cask during the reopening ceremony on 15 October 1998. The distillery was founded in 1898 and operated until 1983 when it was mothballed. Gordon & MacPhail acquired the site in 1993 and restarted production in 1998. The new whisky was bottled on 21 August 2018 – exactly 20 years after it was filled. It is bottled at its cask strength of 60.1% abv and limited to 575 bottles. Benromach Cask No 1 was matured in a first-fill Sherry butt and is described as having a “sumptuous vintage character of rich fruits, smooth chocolate and warm spice with hints of zingy citrus, coffee bean and charred oak”. Ewen Mackintosh, managing director at Gordon & MacPhail, said: “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary since Benromach was brought back to life, it is fitting that the Urquhart family has decided to donate all the profits from the sale of this product to charitable causes. “This incredibly rare expression marks a significant moment in Benromach’s history and we look forward to seeing what the next 20 years will bring.” Keith Cruickshank, Benromach distillery manager, added: "Benromach Cask No 1 is a treasured bottle and is the oldest and most exclusive whisky to be launched as part of the Classic range since the distillery was revived. “Part of our Classic range of Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, it offers succulent blackberries and stewed damson plum with a hint of roasted hazelnut and charred oak on the finish.” All profits from the sale of Benromach Cask No 1 will be donated to charitable causes. The expression is available to buy from Benromach Distillery’s visitor centre for £1,000 (US$1,287). Decanters will be available from 15 October 2018.
In January this year, Benromach announced plans to increase its warehousing capacity to meet growing consumer demand.