The Benromach Distillery Company Ltd is releasing an extremely rare and limited-edition Scotch malt whisky matured for 40 years in a single Refill Sherry Hogshead cask.
Building on the popularity of previous vintage releases from the 1970s, 184 bottles of Benromach 1978, from cask number 2608, are available for worldwide sale.
The single cask (56.3% abv) whisky has a deep golden hue with an aroma of honey and vanilla, along with ripe fruits, lime and a touch of butterscotch and fresh ginger, with smooth sweetness balanced by a hint of pepper. To taste, it has notes of pear and kiwi, with chocolate and spices, and a touch of subtle peat smoke on the finish.
Keith Cruickshank, Benromach distillery manager, said: “Over the 40 years that this intriguing whisky was maturing, it drew incredible depth, character and flavours from the wood. Outside the cask, the distillery was evolving and changing. After it closed in 1983, the distillery lay silent for more than 15 years before it was purchased by the Urquhart family in 1993 and reopened in 1998.
“Our carefully chosen Heritage single cask releases give Benromach lovers the opportunity to taste moments in time from the distillery’s rich history. We are confident our 1978 vintage will surpass expectations and are proud to be releasing such a rare and precious whisky during the 20th anniversary year of distilling restarting here at Benromach.”
Benromach 1978 is beautifully presented in a decanter-style bottle with shapes and textures inspired by the distillery. The bottle has a copper-foil embossed label and nestles in a dark oak wooden box, representing the original washbacks at Benromach. The copper cut medallion on the packaging signifies the moment in time when the distillers cut to the sweet heart of the spirit run.
The Benromach 1978 is available worldwide from 5th December 2018 with a recommended retail price (RRP) in the UK of £1,250 (€1,410). Prices in local markets will vary depending on local taxes and duty.
Benromach is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to use traditional methods, without any automated machinery. The small team of distillers employ all their senses when crafting the classic Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, managing the process by sight, sound and touch to create the unique, handcrafted and authentic Benromach taste.
For more information on Benromach, and to explore the range of expressions available, please visit: www.benromach.com.
Single malt Scotch whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has released two stunning new additions to its ‘Private Collection’ range: a 64-Years-Old single malt from Glenlivet Distillery and a landmark 50-Years-Old from Caol Ila Distillery – the oldest Caol Ila single malt ever released.
The newly redesigned ‘Private Collection’ range encompasses rare and exclusive single malt whiskies from celebrated, little-known, or closed distilleries, all of which have been specially selected for bottling by a member of the Urquhart family that owns Gordon & MacPhail.
Gordon & MacPhail 1968 from Caol Ila Distillery was matured in a refill Sherry hogshead and bottled at a cask strength of 52.5% ABV. Warming spice leads on the palate, followed by fruity flavours with a gentle Sherry influence, before a lingering finish of bonfire embers entwined with lemon zest. Available at a UK RRP of £7,500*, only 199 decanters of this extremely rare single malt are available worldwide.
The dark gold Gordon & MacPhail 1954 from Glenlivet Distillery carefully balances the sweetness of golden syrup, stewed fruit, and dark chocolate with spicy black peppercorn and mature oak. Matured in Cask 1412, a carefully selected refill Sherry butt, the 64-year-old malt was bottled at a cask strength of 41.0% ABV. Only 222 bottles are available globally, at a UK RRP of £9,950*.
These ultra-rare single malts were selected for bottling by Stuart Urquhart, Gordon & MacPhail’s Associate Director of Whisky Supply and member of the fourth generation of the Urquhart family. Beautifully presented in hand-blown crystal decanters, each whisky is encased within a handmade wooden veneer box.
Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige and fourth generation member of the Urquhart family, said: “Our ’Private Collection’ range allows discerning whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy some of the oldest and rarest single malts in the world. These latest releases epitomise the expertise and commitment that has gone into pairing spirit and cask over 123 years and four generations of the Urquhart family. Thanks to the foresight of my forefathers, we have one of the most extensive single malt whisky libraries in the world, with expressions from over 100 Scottish distilleries.”
The latest ‘Private Collection’ releases will be available to purchase from specialist whisky retailers.
For more information on Gordon & MacPhail’s ‘Private Collection’ visit www.gordonandmacphail.com.
*Prices in international markets may vary due to local taxes and import duties.
Only 2,000 bottles of Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish available globally from
Harrods, Selfridges, The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop
ABV 53.9% | 700ml | RRP from £650
A NEW WORLD WHERE EAST MEETS WEST
Bowmore, the first distillery on Scotland’s isle of Islay, has launched a world first; a Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has been finished in precious oak casks hand-crafted from the rare Mizunara tree of Japan. Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish beautifully brings together two of the world’s most renowned whisky islands to create a refined, elegant and complex Single Malt, making it the ultimate gift for the whisky connoisseur. This exclusive expression of just 2,000 bottles is priced from £650.
A WHISKY MADE OF MORE
Having never before left Japan, the carefully selected and delicate Mizunara oak casks embarked on a 6,000 mile journey across two oceans, before being laid to rest in Bowmore’s legendary No.1 vaults located on Scotland’s rugged whisky island. Under the watchful eye of Bowmore’s Distillery Manager and Master Blender the result is a whisky finished to perfection, imparting notes of floral spice with fragrant smoke, carried on a fresh ocean breeze to create a uniquely balanced and refined dram of consequence.
From the instantly captivating and recognisable Mizunara oak flavours of spicy but sweet vanilla on the palate, followed by notes of cedar wood, exotic mango and honey-rose blossom, Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish is balanced by the complementary notes of Bowmore’s signature smokiness to create a rounded and complex whisky that should be served and savoured neat.
Enjoy this exceptional whisky from a traditional Glencairn crystal tulip glass. Perfect for nosing, the bowl of this iconic glass gives the whisky room to breathe; this opens up the aromas before delivering the dram onto exactly the right part of the tongue, maximising the tasting experience of this unique liquid.
THE WHISKY LOVERS’ COLLECTION
Filled and sealed by hand, the limited edition bottle is presented in a specially designed luxury box with illustrations denoting its Japanese and Scottish heritage. With the rare whisky launching just in time for the festive gifting period, Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish makes the ideal gift for whisky lovers and luxury collectors alike where they can own a part of history.
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