A popular Speyside distillery has re-introduced an award-winning expression to its core range. 

The BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years is made using three styles of sherry cask maturation: full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask finishing.

The distillery team describe the expression as having “layers of fruit sweetness and toasted oak spice with a luscious dessert-like finish”.

Bottled at 46 per cent, non-chill filtered and of natural colour, the expression will join the core collection of BenRiach, which distils three malt whisky styles – unpeated, peated and triple distilled – and takes pride in having some of the most experimental casks in Speyside. The distillery is also one of only two remaining distilleries in Speyside to distil whisky using malted barley from its own on-site floor maltings, a time-honoured craft celebrated for one month each year.

Master Blender Rachel Barrie said: “BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years uses three-way sherry wood maturation, a creative approach where each facet is combined in harmony to deliver a rich and balanced taste. The result – a multi-layered Single Malt Scotch Whisky with notes of fruit cocktail, lilting spices, honeyed caramel and chocolate sweetness – an enrichment of BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style.

“This luscious Single Malt Scotch Whisky takes pride-of-place in the award-winning range made by our unconventional Speyside distillery.”

• BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years will be available in specialist retailers worldwide from September.

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