Tuesday, March 23, 2010


During my recent visit to Scotland I had the pleasure of visiting Benromach. This beautiful small distillery, owned and operated by Gordon & MacPhail, is located just outside Elgin. The contrast between huge distilleries like Glenfiddich and Macallan and micro distilleries like Benromach (not sure if that is the correct label to put on Benromach, but in terms of production capacity they sure ain't big) is obvious but of no significance when it comes to the quality of the end product. On the contrary it was smaller distilleries like Benromach that surprised me the most. The standard 10 yo was a joy to taste, and I was struck by the complexity of such a young whiskey. It was also a nice surprise to see a distillery doing some organic bottlings, both peated and unpeated.

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