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Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by OldDarkstarAccount, Jul 27, 2007.

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    The award winner Benromach organic speyside single malt whisky is also the first bottled single malt to be fully certified by the Soil Association.

    The awards, now in their sixth year, are organised jointly and co-sponsored by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and Scottish Food & Drink in association with Scottish Enterprise.

    Other major sponsors include The Grocer magazine, Scottish Development International and the Scottish Executive’s Healthy Living Campaign.

    The award-winning Benromach Organic Speyside Single Malt Whisky, bottled at 43%, is hand made by just two men at Speyside’s smallest working distillery at Forres, operated by Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin.

    The whole process - raw ingredients, production, maturation and bottling – is certified to the rigorous organic standards set by The Soil Association.

    The company works with the main maltsters in Scotland to source organic barley grown and malted to an exact specification.

    One of the key components in whisky production is maturation and with no sherry or bourbon casks certified as organic, the company, in a first for the industry, has used new American oak from environmentally managed forests in Missouri.

    Gordon & MacPhail’s marketing controller, Ian Chapman, said: “The Benromach brand is positioned as an exclusive, boutique brand.

    “Benromach Organic is a line extension of the brand and will appeal both to organic consumers and to malt whisky enthusiasts who like to experiment and discover new expressions.â€

    Gordon & MacPhail has been blending, bottling and retailing Scotch whisky since 1895. In 1993 the company purchased Benromach Distillery at Forres and in 1998 it was re-opened by the Prince of Wales.

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