Benromach Sassicaia Wood Finish 2007
Benromach // Speyside, Scotland
The Sassicaia Wood Finish was an experimental whisky by Benromach Distillery. This single malt whisky was distilled in 2007 and first matured in first-fill bourbon casks. It was then finished in Sassicaia casks, a Bordeaux-style Tuscan wine, for two years. Bottled in 2016, this is a limited-edition; only 3,500 bottles are available.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typefirst-fill bourbon; finished in Sassicaia wine casks
"The aroma shows touches of char smoke and vanilla with red fruit and apple (skins and fruit) becoming more apparent with further trips to the glass. The fruit notes take a backseat (like the back back of a station wagon) on the palate with a bitter and mossy quality on the finish. Barrel spices show up, but they are neither rough nor too intense. The finish is of moderate length and there is a mild malt sweetness throughout. Overall, the wine finishing doesn't leave too great an impression on the whisky. And that's not a bad thing. Sometimes wine finishes are like putting lipstick on a pig or it takes over to the point where you should probably just open a bottle of wine. This seems integrated nicely and the price seems right too."