Born in 1898, the distillery is now managed by three distillers. At Benromach, they handcraft their whisky and make it slowly, the time-honoured way. The whisky is made the old fashioned way that is pre-1960s for a typical Speyside result : beautifully balanced with a light touch of smoke.
Before the mid-1960s, Speyside distilleries malted their own barley. They would top up their fires with cuts of local peat when coal was running low. These slices were enough to impart a touch of smoke in the region’s whisky. And, with the advent of new commercial maltings in the 1960s, this subtle Speyside smokiness got lost. But Benromach Distillery brought back this lost style of whisky. It’s not just the peat that makes the difference. Numerous nuances go into creating the classic character of Benromach.
Their Scottish barley is grown locally and malted with a little peat smoke to their exact specifications. Pure soft water rises in the Chapelton Spring in the Romach Hills, just a couple of miles behind the distillery. Mixed with the traditional use of both brewer’s and distiller’s yeast, these are the raw ingredients making Benromach's Single Malt Whisky.
With absolutely no computers or even pressure gauges, the three distillers manage the entire process by how the developing spirit sounds, smells and feels, giving things a tweak here and there.