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Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
19
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

€ 549.04

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Whisky Reviews for Benromach 1968 GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.71 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. Slick scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. 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.

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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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