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Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010


6th November 2017
Benromach unveil Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 edition.

Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010The Benromach Distillery has just unveiled the Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 the latest limited release addition to their popular series of vintage wood finish whiskies.

The Benromach Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 is said to balance Benromach’s signature Speyside smokiness with rich red wine undertones.

Distilled in 2010 and initially matured in First Fill Bourbon barrels in the distillery’s traditional dunnage warehouses in Forres, Speyside, it was then then finished for just over two years in Château Cissac wine casks, hand-selected from the French wine region of Haut-Médoc near Bordeaux and bottled at in 2018 at 45% ABV.

Described as, "dark gold in colour, with the influence of the wine casks immediately apparent on the nose. On tasting, the initial pepper is followed by sweet vanilla, creamy milk chocolates, hints of red wine tannins and peat smoke. Deeper hints of bonre embers are complemented by Brazil nuts and gorgeous cocoa flavours".

Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery manager, said: "Our latest Wood Finish is a welcome addition to our ‘Contrasts’ range of single malt Scotch whiskies.

"All our Wood Finishes, including our Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2009 which we launched last year, have been really well received by whisky lovers around the world.

"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."

Notably the official tasting note below for the new Château Cissac Bordeaux Wood Finish 2010 expression is 100% identical, word for word to the official tasting note for last years 2009 release, I would expect it to be very similar but 100% the same? A little laziness in the marketing I think but I trust if you enjoyed last years release you wont be disappointed in the new 2010 offering.

The Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2010, a limited release of 7,789  bottles has a RRP of £39.75 and will be available from specialist online whisky shops such  as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt. Prices may vary in international markets because of duty and import taxes.
 

Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2010 Review


Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: The fabulous influence of the Château Cissac casks will be immediately apparent, with melon notes, red apples, delicate and zesty orange peel and dark chocolate. There’s also an underlying floral note and a delightful charred oak edge... the Benromach signature.

Taste: Slightly peppery on the palate with sweet vanilla, creamy milk chocolate... there’s even refreshing lemon and limeade flavours with a nod and a wink towards the effervescent. Satisfying hints of red wine tannins emerge, complementing a lingering peat smoke.

 

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