Benromach Hermitage 2007 Whisky Finished in Ex-French Wine Casks - The Whiskey Wash

Benromach Hermitage 2007 Whisky Finished in Ex-French Wine Casks

By Nino Marchetti / September 21, 2016

Benromach Hermitage 2007The march of the Benromach Wood Finish range, which we last wrote about earlier this year, continues with word of another 2007 vintage release. The Benromach Hermitage Wood Finish 2007 is notable for being finished in ex-wine casks from France, resulting in what looks to be one very tasty expression, at least according to distillery-provided tasting notes we’ve included at the end of this article.

Benromach Hermitage Wood Finish 2007, according to those behind it, was distilled in 2007 and then matured in ex-bourbon barrels for six years. It was then transferred to oak casks that once nurtured wine from the Hermitage Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, in the northern Rhône region of France, and finished for a further 31 months before being bottled at 90 proof.

“At Benromach we work with some of the world’s most exclusive wineries to carefully select casks for finishing,” said Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager, in a prepared statement. “The Benromach Hermitage 2007 is the latest release from our Wood Finishes range, which gives our customers the opportunity to experience classic Benromach with a twist. This Benromach dram is a delicious offering for whisky aficionados and those looking to try something new.”

Should you choose to seek out a bottle of this release, expect to drop around £40, or about $55 USD. Previous Benromach wood finishes it joins include Hermitage 2005, Château Cissac 2006, and Sassicaia 2007.

Aromas of sweet summer fruits and zesty lemon and lime. This is followed by a touch of vanilla and cinnamon, and underlined by peat smoke with a peppermint edge. On the palate, it’s a sweet, fruity dram, with succulent dark cherry and orange flavours combining with creamy milk chocolate to create a gentle smoky edge and a long, fruity finish.