The brands that I was pouring in particular were Benromach, Gordon & Macphail and also Amrut.
Established in 1898, the Benromach distillery is independently owned by a family with proud, enduring roots in Speyside. Admired the world over for our whisky expertise, today we pour our passion and knowledge into making our gorgeous single malt. A lost taste of Speyside we wanted to bring back and share. (Owned by Gordon & Macphail)
Gordon & Macphail –
James Gordon and John Alexander MacPhail began their business in Elgin in 1895 with John Urquhart joining the workforce at that time, to become a partner in 1915 when MacPhail retired. When Gordon died in 1817 the Urquhart family took over the business. This independent family business prospered and built up a stock of good quality casks from a wide range of distilleries over the years. In 1993 they purchased Benromach Distillery. Brands include Connoisseurs Choice, Cask Strength, Rare Old and Speymalt.
Amrut Distillery markets its Indian single malt whisky under its own name. The word amrut is from the Sanskrit language and means “nectar of the gods”. The distillery itself often uses it as a synonym for “water of life”.
There’s a huge variety of cheap no-name whiskies in India, and Amrut purposely sets itself apart from that mainstream with their high-quality premium products. Amrut mainly uses American white oak casks, but since the distillery has garnered in international reputation and the demand has risen, they have also started to use sherry casks and other types of casks.
I will go into more detail on these drams when I review some bottling’s from each distillery.
Flying out in 2 weeks time for whisky freedom in Perth which should be a amazing show with lots of great whisky!!