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Friday, November 24, 2006

BenRiach Unleashes Four Wood Finishes

BenRiach Distillery, which has been turning out Scotch in Speyside wince 1898, plans to ship the BenRiach Wood Finish Series to the U.S. during 2007. The four 15-year-old whiskies were initially aged in American oak barrles that had previously held Bourbon and then the whisky was moved to the finishing barrels.

Preiss Imports will be bringing these limited quantity varieties to the U.S.: BenRiach 15-year-old Pedro Ximinez Finish, barrels sourced from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Southern Spain; BenRiach 15-year-old Madeira Finish, barrels sourced from producers Henriques and Henriques, from the semi-tropical Portuguese island of Madeira; BenRiach 15-year-old Dark Rum Finish, barrels sourced from the Caribbean island of Jamaica; and BenRiach 15-year-old Aged Tawny Port Finish, hogsheads sourced from the Douro region, northern Portugal.

Each of the whiskies will be non-chill filtered, natural color and bottled at 92 proof. Worldwide availability of these whiskies will be limited to a range of 340-510 cases. Once these wood finishes are gone the distillery plans to replace them with new styles.

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