Benromach distillery has continued its bottling of 1970s vintage single malts with a single cask expression distilled in 1977.
The 39-year-old whisky from the Speyside distillery has been matured in a single refill American oak hogshead – cask number 1268, and bottled at 56% abv.
Described as ‘smooth and sweet’ with notes of ‘ripe banana and passionfruit’, Benromach 1977 is presented in a decanter-style bottle inside a dark oak wooden box, and accompanied by a hardback book detailing the distillery’s history.
David King, director at Benromach, said: ‘Almost four decades have passed since cask 1268 was laid down to quietly mature in the traditional dunnage warehouses that surround Benromach distillery.
‘While this beautiful whisky drew its incredible depth, character and luxurious flavours from the wood, all around 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 revived by the Urquhart family [owners of independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail].
‘These carefully selected casks give Benromach lovers around the world the chance to own and taste a moment in time from the distillery’s rich history. We’ve been sampling this cask over the years and feel only now that it is ready to be unveiled.’
Just 225 bottles of Benromach 1977 have been released globally, at around €1,500 each.