Speyside distillery Benromach has released a limited edition eight-year-old single malt finished in Château Cissac Bordeaux casks, as the latest addition to its stable of wine cask-finished whiskies.
Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 has been matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and finished for an additional two years in Bordeaux casks from Haut-Médoc, before being bottled at 45% abv.
Its launch follows on from the limited release 2009 Chateau Cissac cask finish, bottled as part of the range in September 2017.
The Bordeaux casks are said to ‘balance Benromach’s signature Speyside smokiness with rich red wine undertones’, while the whisky is also said to contain notes of brazil nuts, vanilla and cocoa.
The whisky is available for £47.75 per 70cl bottle in the UK and at varying prices in international markets, although only 7,789 bottles have been released in total.
Keith Cruickshank, Benromach distillery manager, said: ‘I’m confident that Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010, with its unique and appealing characteristics, will be appreciated by new and existing Benromach enthusiasts.’
‘At our distillery in Forres, we’ve always been unafraid to innovate, and we hope those who enjoy our flagship Benromach 10 Years Old will enjoy exploring our different finishes.’
The expression joins two other limited edition malts in the distillery’s Wood Finish portfolio: a malt finished in Sassicaia casks from the the Italian wine region of Tuscany, and a whisky finished in Hermitage Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée casks from Rhône.
All three of these expressions form part of Benromach’s Contrasts range, a series designed to highlight limited edition single malts that deviate from Benromach’s core expressions.
The range also contains Benromach’s first triple-distilled bottling alongside its first organic single malt whisky.