The 1980s were a hard time for the whisky industry, and in 1983 the Benromach distillery halted production. It only reopened in 1998, after independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail had bought the site in 1993 and started renovations. Benromach 30 Years Old is a rare single malt that was distilled not long before the distillery was shut down. It matured for 30 years in first-fill and refill sherry casks. When it was released in 2011 it was met with rave reviews, including an astounding 95.5 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. On the nose, Benromach 30 Years Old has aromas of raisins, delicate vanilla, smooth peach, nectarine, toasted malt and a touch of smoke. The palate is rich and elegant with notes of sherried Christmas cake, marzipan, sweet cinnamon and black pepper. The finish is long, smooth and warming.