Claymore Newsletter #7 Benromach 10 year old (LCBO # 191817)


Benromach 10 Year Old (LCBO # 191817) (LCBO = Liquor Control Board of Ontario)

Happy Robert Burns day, and at long last we have Benromach 10 year old hitting the LCBO stores today.  I’m very excited about this whisky – it’s an excellent value at $75 for this extraordinary scotch.  What’s exciting about this scotch (apart from the fact Leah and I had our picture taken there – see photo below) is that this distillery, after being closed for many years, is now reopened and it’s the first 10YO to come out of the distillery in a long time. With only 2 stillmen they have managed to produce a crafted product with promise of even better to come in the future.  It’s a testament to the skills involved at Speysides smallest distillery.
Ralfy of  has kindly giving us permission to share his review of the 10yo Benromach. Ralfy (his malty-ness) is an independent whisky taster and his knowledge transcends the surface and takes a good look through the back door to give us his thoughts and a historical education at the same time.  Take 10 minutes and hear what he has to say about this whisky at

Also of note is that this whisky made the LCBO’s Vintages magazine this month, so, if like me you are celebrating Robert Burns day, then this is the whisky to share with your friends, slante! 

Tasting notes

COLOUR: Golden.


NOSE: Rich Sherry influence with fruit & nut chocolate and delicate spice – cinnamon. Fresh green apples, with a malty, digestive biscuit note and light peat smoke in the background.

PALATE: Delicious forest fruits – raspberries and brambles, Sherry, malt creaminess with a stronger peat influence.


NOSE: Charred oak influence and malt. Slightly nutty with exotic fruits – pineapple and kiwi.

PALATE: Mouth coating with toasted malt. Lingering sweet Sherry and delicate peat smoke.

BODY: Balanced.

FINISH: Long and lingering finish with subtle

Sherry and peat.

CASK TYPE(S): 80% Bourbon barrels, 20% Sherry hogsheads.


Benromach’s story

Benromach is the smallest distillery still operating in the Speyside region of Scotland, with a capacity of just 500,000 litres per year and just two distillery staff. It is located in the small town of Forres, on the road between Inverness and Nairn, and is a local landmark with the tall red brick chimney of the distillery used as a marker guide for pilots landing at nearby RAF Kinloss. Benromach is one of the few distilleries that are independently owned. The current owners are the independent bottling company Gordon & Macphail, who are based in the nearby town of Elgin. At Benromach, they are one of the new wave of small, innovative and independently owned distilleries that experiment and explore different cask finishes, new styles and peating levels. They were also the first distillery to release an organic whisky, as certified by the Soil Association, in 2006.

Benromach’s history

The Benromach distillery was founded in 1898 by Duncan MacCullum from Campbeltown and F.W. Brickman from Leith. They were given land by a local whisky connoisseur called Alexander Edward so as to build a distillery and produce whisky to his tastes. It wasn’t long before Brickman’s company went bust and he had to pull out, leaving MacCullum to struggle on by himself. MacCullum was declared bankrupt in 1909 and Benromach was taken over by London based firm Harvey McNair & Co, who changed the name to Forres Distillery. In 1919 John Joseph Calder, a renowned brewer from Alloa, bought the distillery and changed the name back to Benromach. The distillery was closed between 1931 and 1939, due to the slump that hit the whisky industry following the First World War and prohibition in America. It was re-opened by Joseph Hobbs, formerly of Ben Nevis distillery, and Hattim Attari, a financier from London. They later sold to a group called the National Distillers of America, who in sold to DCL (Distillers Company Limited) in the 1960s. Benromach closed again in 1983 and it was sold to the independent bottling company Gordon & Macphail in 1992. They completely refurbished the distillery and production began in 1998, with the inauguration ceremony attended by Prince Charles.

Also arriving very soon: a 25 year old Glen Grant, we`ll keep you posted

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