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BenRiach launches dark rum finished whisky

Elgin distillery BenRiach has launched Dunder, a peated 18-year-old Scotch whisky with a dark rum finish.

The BenRiach Dunder is a one-off bottling with only 1888 bottles available worldwide. This intriguing new Speyside expression, from the same range as the BenRiach Albariza, takes its unusual name from the residue of cane juice left in a still after distilling a batch of rum.

Traditionally used as a yeast source in the fermentation process of Jamaican rum, it gives the rum a unique aroma and flavour.

Dunder, at 46%ABV, is distilled from peated malted barley and is initially matured in American oak casks and then finished in dark rum barrels.

It combines the distinct and contrasting aromas and flavours associated with richly peated malt whisky and the elegant style of wood selected for final maturation.

Dunder 18YO is priced at around £70.

12 May 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor