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Overall rating
87.43/100
votes
34
Whiskybase ID
WB5450
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
1968
Stated Age
14 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
Brown Label
Added on
11 dec 2008 2:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1243.18

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34 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benromach 1968 GM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.43 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting "Through the decades - 1930's to 2000's".  I bought this bottle for 126 Euro in June, 2006.  

    These old Benromach drams have nothing in common with the actual Benromach releases except for the name.  After Benromach was closed in 1983 all the original equipment (mashtun, stills, condensers...) was removed from the buildings, except for the washbacks.  When Gordon&MacPhail purchased Benromach in 1992 they had to install a completely new distillery in these empty buildings.  The size of the new stills is much smaller than the original ones and the shape is different, too.  So, the profile of the malt produced after the re-opening of Benromach in 1998 is very different (much lighter) to that of the spirits distilled in the old stills until 1983.  And this bottling is a good example for that...

    This is an excellent dram that changes its profile minute after minute and adds new flavours and aromas constantly over time, really nice.  And it owns a flavours profile that perfectly fits to the upcoming christmas time.  But drink it (and take samples) right after opening the bottle as it is harmed by oxydation and looses some attractiveness when exposed to air (e.g., in a half-empty bottle).  
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows very slow legs and late sticky tears (a fat oiliness that promises a great mouthfeel and finish). The nose is bold and complex on an adorable old style sherry profile with dozens of different aromas: chocolate, oranges, dates, dried plums, almonds, walnuts, old leather, furniture polish, lovage, spicy woods and a hint of smoke (and many more). Nicely balanced and without any off-note, I really like that!
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste repeats the complex profile of the nose while adding thyme, cocoa and the flavours of old english marmelade to the party of aromas. Water is not needed at all (it just flattens the dram).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The mouthfeel is as great as the texture promised: silky and creamy with no distracting moments like bitterness or astringent feelings. The finish is long and literally sticks to the palate. Here more earthy, chalky (like an excellent wine) and even some smokey flavours are added without any distracting moments, again.

  2. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For 14 really nice, the percentages take off a lot in the finish, nice little OBF disruptive notes.
    • Nose
      For Brown Label rather subtle OBF, a touch of dusty leather, then nicely changes to candied citrus fruits and caramel, tick tobacco, later even a light tropical with guava and a little papaya, honey and raisin rolls, banana
    • Taste
      Papaya, baked apple, honey and nice toffee, some autumn leaves, nice malt, subtle tobacco, subtle oak, not too bitter, banana chips, later dried apple chips, a touch of lemongrass, a mixture of autumnal and tropical at the same time
    • Finish
      Apple chips, ginger, malt, subtle oak, a touch of dusty book pages, short to medium length, percentages are noticeable

  3. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    If you could turn back time ...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Mother's plum compote with cinnamon. Uncle's freshly unpacked Reval cigarettes, a mudflat with blooming sea lavender and some thick grease on an old locomotive.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Plum compote with cinnamon and some cloves, honey of the spiciest kind, very intense for only 40%, even freshly baked rosemary focaccia is included. Definitely delicately smoked figs, if there's such a thing, and a few homemade candied lemons. Great!
    • Finish
      88 88
      14 years only, OK, of course there is not something there forever. But still: a well-balanced finish with subtle wood notes (old carpenter's workshop, in which the door of the wood-burning stove is just being opened, in which there are a few extinguished logs warmed by the dusty sun)

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose
    Similar to shoe polish but not as strong so from that I guess it could be the whiff of OBE, after all it has been in the bottle for 40 years?
    Old leather, varnish, dried apricot and the faintest hint of mango and even fainter sweet smoke.
    After a few minutes something similar to coal dust, in fairness a dusty old nose sums this one up nicely.
    Palate
    Quite creamy at first with a load of spice and some peat that was not evident on the nose and just a faint metallic note also in the mix.
    There is some sweeter fruit trying to get out, like stewed plum and more apricot but it is held back by the peat and then a little menthol creeps in.
    What is good is the balance on show here, nothing dominates.
    Finish
    It picks up sweetness on the finish with peeper mixing with faint ginger to add the spice angle, there is still a faint metallic note but that is more than compensated by the warmth in your throat as it goes down.

    If this was a little sweeter it would be over 90 but it lacks the abv to get there, still a very interesting dram and nothing like the new Benromach they are putting out now profile wise.
    In retrospect for only 40% abv, this has enough power to keep you interested, a very good CC bottling.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Flavor combinations for advanced, for its 14 years already very mature. For the full review, go here: https://halbendrinks.de/2022/01/17/brown-label/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Slick scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nicest G&M Conaisseurs' Choice bottling that I've come across so far. It's both fruity (with both dried fruit and citrus) and savoury. This is a very good combination in my book.
    • Nose
      Clearly influenced by good sherry casks. It has the smell of treacle,fermenting grapes, prunes, dates, sultanas, but also some citrus like tangerine and orange liqueur. It also has some creamy and malty (honeyed) elements, and even some mint, probably coming from some bourbon maturation. Quite a vibrant style for a sherry-dominated dram.
    • Taste
      Oily, medium bodied, mainly sweet and getting dryer towards the end. The elements of the nose are prolonged, with a clearer dominance by the sherry influences (treacle, dried fruit), with even a hint of leather and oxtail soup.
    • Finish
      Quite savoury, rich and soft, with this combination of oxtail soup, dates and raisins. It's complemented by some soft spice and orange liqueur and maybe a whiff of smoke.

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Malt Hans scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fruity sherry aroma, peat, ripe orange, rum

    raisins, nutmeg, cloves, furniture polish Marzipan sweet taste, ginger,

    cinnamon, cherries, chocolate, orange marmalade, dried figs, honey and

    malt. Medium long, sweet and malty end.

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