Review 416: Benromach 1969 42 Year

benroamag1969obIt’s not often that you get the change to taste an old Benromach. Normally this is far outside my price comfort zone, but in this instance a friend was willing to share a wee dram with me, thank you!

The Benromach 42 years old 1969 is a Speyside single malt from the Benromach distillery. Distilled in 1969 and matured in sherry hogsheads 2006 and 2008. Bottled in August 2011 at natural cask strength of 42,6% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour. A limited double cask release.

Distillery:Benromach Distillery
Location:Forres in Morayshire
Owner:Gordon and Macphail
Water Source:Chapelton Springs in the Romach Hills
Stills:1 wash still
1 spirit still
Capacity:150.000 Litre

Expression:Benromach 1969 42 Year
Category:Single Malt
Bottled by:Benromach Distillery
Age:42 Year
ABV (% Alc):42.6%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:1969
Bottle date:08-2011
Maturation:Refill Sherry Hogsheads
Cask number:2006 + 2008
Bottle number:N/a
Bottle content:70cl

Dark amber.

A full, richt, concentrated, complex and well balanced whisky with aromas of ripe fruits, blackberries, bramble, sweet sherry, caramelized pineapple, backed banana, ice-cream, garnish, sweet pipe tobacco, new leather, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, dried flowers, honey, brown sugar, toffee, plums, fresh figs, mirabell plums, apricot, pear, pinewood, sawdust, fennel seeds, old books, walnuts, teardrops, preserved lemon, stale cellar, a whiff of smoke, poached pear, earthy tones, floral tones and subtle tones of fresh ground coffee.

A powerful, rich, full, complex and wel balanced whisky with aromas of toffee, bitter orange marmalade, orange peels, lime, antique polish, garnish, stale cellar, marmalade, licorice root, plums, raisins, fig, peach, apricot, hazelnuts, juniper berries, caramel, toffee, Salvia, aniseeds, mosterd seeds, pepper, licorice, tutti-frutti, dark chocolate, cinnamon, allspice, sweet ginger, leather, subtle sweet tobacco, hint of mint, precious woods, subtle tannins, a hint of smoke and old oak.

A long, rich and slightly drying finish with aromas of chocolate, tutti-frutti, sultanas, sherry, spices, brown sugar, toffee, mocha, subtle tannins and rich creamy oak.

  • 9.3/10
    Smell: - 9.3/10
  • 9.3/10
    Taste: - 9.3/10
  • 9.2/10
    Finish: - 9.2/10


This is a very rich, round and very well balanced dram. The flavors are very harmonious on the nose as well as on the palate. In shot this is a very elegant whisky that offers a very nice complexity and layering of flavours. It’s not a huge sherry monster but a beast of a whisky anyways.

Price to quality ratio: 60,17% (Telgen weighted factor score)

Telgen scoreAdvice
0% - 60%Extremely overpriced whisky - not worth buying!
60% - 70%Highly overpriced whisky - think about it
70% - 80%Too expensieve - do you really want it?
80% - 85%No bargain - taste before you buy!
85% - 90%Acceptable price to quality ratio
90% - 95%Good price to quality ratio - always good to stock-up on
95% - 100%Bargain! - Buy it before it is sold out!