Benromach debuts Cara Gold whisky

Speyside distillery Benromach has launched a limited edition single malt as part of its Contrasts range.

The new Benromach Cara Gold is limited to 6,000 bottles globally, 1,500 of which will be released in the UK. The new whisky is made using Cara Gold malted barley, a roasted caramel malt that is more commonly found in breweries and provides ‘rich fruity and toffee’ notes. The malted barley was combined with the distillery’s lightly peated malt. Keith Cruickshank, distillery manager at Benromach, said: “We love to get creative with our small batch vintage expressions and our Contrasts range allows us to do this. “Unlike any of our other expressions, we have used Cara Gold malt – this is a type of malted barley you would usually find in a brewery rather than a distillery and it has produced a beautiful and unique single malt.” Laid down in 2010 before being bottled in 2022, the whisky was maturely fully in first-fill Bourbon barrels, resulting in passionfruit, lychee and lime aromas, and a hint of malted biscuit. The single malt offers sweet flavours of pineapple, apricot and a subtle pepperiness, followed by a fruity and sweet smoke finish. Benromach Cara Gold (46% ABV) is available from the brand's website and select retailers worldwide. It is priced at RRP £49.99 (US$67) per 700ml bottle. In August last year, Benromach launched a second Sherry cask-matured Peat Smoke whisky, limited to 2,000 bottles in the UK.