Due to be launched on February 1st: a new Benromach 35 Year Old, distilled in 1980, matured in first fill sherry casks and bottled at 43%. Priced around € 550.
The bottle and presentation case was designed over many months by scottish designers, the copper cut medallion on the bottle signifies the perfect moment in time when the distillers cut to the heart of the run and fresh new spirit becomes Benromach. The label is soft and tactile with embossing and a copper foil. The bottle has a curved thick set glass base and the dark oak box represents the wood of the original washbacks at Benromach.
For now, here are the official tasting notes:
The beautiful golden amber hues of the 35 Years Old promise a satisfying, complex Speysider, and it generously fulfils its promise. Pour a dram and appreciate the aroma, the nose offers rich sherry influences with orange marmalade, kiwi and grapefruit aromas, complemented by gorgeous cinnamon spice. Now lift it to your lips and take a sip, enjoying the taste. Initially, it is sweet on the palate with honey, fruitcake, ripe banana and melon flavours. Watch out for the smooth white chocolate edge as it develops, combined with a soft menthol note, giving a full body and long and smooth fruity finish.
Update: and here are my own thoughts.