Dutch Benromach importer Jan Beek from van Wees Holland, requested via Facebook if there were bloggers available to have a sip of Benromach’s vintage 1976 expression. Needless to say, we politely replied with a “yes”, and some weeks later a package arrived with some marketing materials, a letter from Gordon & MacPhail and a set of samples; the 10yo and the vintage 1976. It took me a while to get myself to open the wee bottle, but here goes:
46% abv, €500+, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour
Nose: sweet, vanilla, honey, bees wax, crème brûlée, citrus, zest, oranges, marmalade, dark chocolate, furniture wax/ polish, dried fruits – but not too much, raisins, apricots
Palate: gentle, sweet, honey, honeycomb, creamy mouthfeel, fruit, caramel apples, dried fruit, apricots, warm apple sauce, dark chocolate
Finish: medium dry, sweet, honey, long, citrus, marmalade, dark chocolate (with bits of orange and rum in it – yumm), a hint of mint, more drying after some more time.
Conclusion: Note to self: Just buy this (when on sale), pick it from your boss’ whisky collection when he invites you over for dinner (do not forget to make a large sample for “research”), or steal it from your local whisky store (no, don’t – they are your best friends, and need you for their income). Seriously good stuff.
More info: I clearly have a thing for the year 1976 and even married a girl from that vintage. This one (the whisky, not the Mrs.) matured in first and refill ex-Sherry hogsheads.