Purchased by Gordon & MacPhail in the nineties after a period of closure, Benromach is the smallest working distillery on Speyside, although there are plans to double production to meet increasing demand. Most of production is unpeated and classic Speyside, but they do some spirit peated to 67 ppm (part per million). The standard ppm measure of peat is deceptive, as this is quite subtle and nowhere near as peaty as Ardbeg, say, which is peated to 50 ppm.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Leathery peat, progressively sweetening with vanilla and fresh ginger.
Palate: Full-on earthy peat, vanilla and peppery orange. A lengthy finish with peppery peat and a final faint Elastoplast note.
Retails for around £30-35