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Benromach releases Sassicaia Wood Finish 2009

The Benromach Distillery, owned by Gordon & MacPhail, has unveiled Sassicaia Wood Finish 2009, the latest addtion to its portfolio. The number of bottles released for sale is double the size of the previous edition following growing success worldwide for Benromach whiskies.

The latest limited-edition, of which there will be 8,000 bottles available, offers a flavour profile resulting from a final finishing period in Sassicaia wine casks from the Bolgheri wine region. The whisky was distilled in 2009 and initially matured in first fill bourbon barrels.

The release follows previous special-edition Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 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 says: "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 Benromach 10 Years Old won the Scotch Speyside Single Malt 12 Years & under 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. Benromach 35 Years Old also scooped a gold award in the Speyside 21 & over category.

The bottle has been designed in a copper colour with a long neck, reflecting the stills used at The Benromach Distillery.

Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish (45% ABV) will be available to purchase from specialist whisky retailers at an RRP of £38.99 in the UK, with approximately 8,000 bottles released for sale worldwide.

19 March 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor