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Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009

19th September 2017
Benromach launch new Chateau Cissac wine cask finish 2009 vintage limited edition whisky.

Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009The folks at Benromach have just unveiled the latest addition to their popular series of vintage wood finish whiskies, this time they have announced the launch of a limited edition Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009 vintage.

Matured in First Fill Bourbon casks then finished for 25 months in first fill Chateau Cissac wine casks from the distinguished French wine region of Haut-Médoc near Bordeaux.

The new Chateau Cissac Wood Finish wood finish was distilled in 2009 and bottled at 45% ABV, it follows the popular Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2006 vintage released back in 2014 so I am sure those of you who enjoyed that will be pleased to see another release which has been finished in Chateau Cissac wine casks, notably this 2009 vintage release has been finished for 5 months longer than the 2006 vintage was so perhaps it may offer a deeper wine influence.

Benromach describe the Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009 as rich and fruity, with zingy limeade, wine tannin hints, peppery vanilla notes and a light wisp of bonfire embers.

Benromach Distillery Manager Keith Cruickshank commented on the new whisky, saying: "Our latest Wood Finish expression is a welcome addition to our growing family of Speyside single malt whiskies. Our previous wood finish expressions, including Benromach Sassicaia and Benromach Hermitage, have proved to be very popular and we are looking forward to hearing what whisky lovers think of this Chateau Cissac. It certainly has plenty of character so I’m sure this new single malt will be appreciated by new and existing Benromach fans around the world.

“Those who enjoy our flagship 10 Years Old will enjoy the chance to experience Benromach in a different way. The maturation in wine casks from the distinguished region creates a distinct flavour in the whisky and allows a truly unique character to develop.”

The Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009, a limited release of 4,200 bottles has a RRP of £39.75 and will be available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

Benromach Chateau Cissac Wood Finish 2009 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 and 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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