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Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2009

1st March 2017

Benromach double the number of bottles available of their latest Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish expression.

Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2009Benromach today unveiled the latest expression in their limited edition Wood Finish series of single malts, Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2009.

I am pleased to say that in response to the popularity of the Sassicaia Wood Finish 2007 release the folks at Benromach have more than doubled the number of bottles released for sale with this latest 2009 edition, which means that there will be 8,000 bottles available worldwide.

Like the previous edition, the Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2009 was originally matured in American First Fill Bourbon barrels before being finished in Sassicaia wine casks from the renowned Bolgheri wine region in Tuscany.

Bottled at 45% ABV, I haven't yet had the chance to taste it yet but hopefully it matches up to the earlier outstanding 2005 release. Benromach describe it as "deep ruby red in colour, with notes of ripe berries, milk chocolate drops, and hints of ginger and cinnamon, complemented by a subtle sense of smoke".

The new 2009 release follows previous special editions Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2005, 2006 and 2007 and coupled with the run of recent accolades, including the Benromach 10 Year Old being in the running for World’s Best Single Malt Whisky at the World Whiskies Awards, highlights the growing interest and popularity of the Forres based distillery.

Benromach Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank said: “Our previous Wood Finishes were incredibly well received and demand has been so great we are doubling the quantity we will be making available.

"Our Wood Finish expressions allow us the opportunity to provide our customers with a special malt which is full of character, thanks to the final maturation period in casks from distinguished wine regions, as well as offering them the chance to experience Benromach whisky in a different way.

"As the popularity and success of our Benromach 10 Years Old continues to grow, we are delighted that whisky fans all over the world are still enjoying the classic character of our pre-1960’s Speyside single malt, and we are honoured that it is held in such high regard within the industry, as the World Whiskies Award demonstrates."

The classic Benromach 10 Years Old won the Scottish Single Malt category at the World Whiskies Awards and will now go head to head with other winning Single Malts from across the world with the hope of being crowned World’s Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky next month. Benromach 35 Years Old also scooped a gold award in the Speyside 21 & over category.

The Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish has a RRP of £38.99 in the UK and will be available to purchase from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt. Prices in overseas markets will vary due to local taxes and duty.

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