Benromach // Speyside, Scotland
One of the inherent beauties of independence is freedom. Benromach, one of the very few remaining single malt Scotch houses that’s free from the shackles of global conglomerates, reminds us of its independence every so often when it comes out with some kind of radical release—something so time- and resource-intensive. Something, for example, like an organic release. Benromach Organic, the first Soil Association-certified organic single malt, is made using organic Scottish barley and aged in virgin American oak. It’s non-chill-filtered and bottled at 43%.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typevirgin American oak
"What is quite striking about this single malt is the American virgin oak barrels used at Benromach; they lend themselves to a nose that’s powerfully oaky yet vibrant and fresh. It’s the liveliness, not the heaviness that manifests on the palate, which is dominated by creamy honey, raisin and milk chocolate notes the wood makes another appearance in the end when the cocoa flavors give way to a well-structured, peppery finish. Does the “organic” classification have an influence on the taste? It’s impossible to say, but this whiskey demonstrates that whiskey-making comes naturally to Benromach. "