Benromach adds new limited edition to its Contrasts range. Only 6,000 bottles available.

Benromach Distillery in Speyside has launched a new limited-edition single malt, Benromach Cara Gold, with just 6,000 bottles available globally.

This is the first time Benromach Distillery has used Cara Gold malted barley, a low colour roasted caramel malt more commonly found in breweries which produces rich fruity and toffee flavours. This was combined with the distillery's standard lightly peated malt to create a unique expression which delivers a new twist on the subtle smokiness Benromach is most well-known for.

Laid down in 2010 before being bottled in 2022, this expression is natural in colour and non-chill filtered. It has been matured exclusively in first-fill bourbon barrels, creating passionfruit, lychee and lime aromas which are complemented by a hint of malted biscuit. With smooth, sweet flavours of pineapple, apricot and a subtle pepperiness, it leads to a vibrant, fruity and sweet smoke finish.

Keith Cruickshank, Distillery Manager at Benromach, said: "We love to get creative with our small batch vintage expressions and our Contrasts Range allows us to do this . Unlike any of our other expressions, we have used Cara Gold malt – this is a type of malted barley you would usually find in a brewery rather than a distillery and it has produced a beautiful and unique single malt. But, in true Benromach style, this whisky was made by hand for genuine character using the skills, expertise and senses of our small team of distillers."

Benromach Cara Gold is available on the Benromach website and at selected retailers worldwide.

Benromach Cara Gold has an RRP of £49.99. Prices in international markets may vary due to local taxes and import duties.

Tasting notes for Benromach Cara Gold

Benromach Cara Gold is natural colour, non-chill filtered and is bottled at 46% ABV

Colour: Pale Gold
Aromas: Perfumed and sweet with passionfruit, lychee and lime complemented by a hint of malted biscuit.
Palate: Smooth and sweet flavours of pineapple, apricot and subtle pepper lead to toasted malt and a hint of butterscotch.
Finish: Vibrant and fruity with sweet smoke.
PPM: 12ppm
Maturation: First fill bourbon barrels

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