BenRiach 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.71/100
votes
238
Whiskybase ID
WB165512
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Twelve
Bottled
10.08.2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks, Bourbon Barrels & Port Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LP41310
Barcode
5060399687188
Added on
13 sep 2020 11:12 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.91

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 12-year-old

36 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.71 points.

  1. 2ndSip scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    fruity and spicy on the nose. The taste is then clearly more spicy than fruit.
    Good standard whisky, but a few more sherry notes in the taste would have been good.
    He gives the impression that mainly ex-bourbon barrels were used and not quite as many sherry barrels.
    Somehow I don't get anything from the port.
    With a follow-up test I now come to 84/100; before that 82/100.
    [85 - 81 = delicious -> get a second bottle if price is within the range]
    • Nose
      At first there was an alcoholic tinge in the nose, but it went away after a while.
      slightly floral and herbal / spicy notes together with light fruity aromas of apricot, red apple, juicy and sweet pear.
      Every now and then hints of a greenish banana, which gives the malt a sour touch.
      With a little air, darker (sherry) notes come to the fore, which also brings some nut (towards fresh hazelnut) with it.
      The herbaceous-spicy (oak) note dominates for me,
      Over time, it turns into a freshly cut grass note that looks slightly musty (leave the grass covered under a plastic tarpaulin).
      [Follow-up test: I have now managed to get sweet peach very clearly; it seems fruity to me]
    • Taste
      Quite a gentle start, spice builds up, but remains elegant. It immediately becomes creamy and oily on the tongue and spicy aromas (black pepper and nutmeg).
      The fruit aromas are initially suppressed by this flavor.
      In the second sip, the fruity notes come out a little better, but the spice still predominates.
      A little malt and very light nuttiness (macadamia).
      With the third sip, the light-fruity aromas are good. But accompanied by a tingling and slightly peppery flavor.
      [Post-test: Notes remain largely the same; it seems a bit peppery and spicy than the first test (daily form); I also got some vanilla flavors]
    • Finish
      the malty character remains stuck to the tongue together with the wort for a while. The spice also brings back the herbal aroma.
      It is getting drier in the mouth.

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  3. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. davidloosli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very buttery, sweet, ananas, a lot of vanilla, lime, peach, a bit of mint and melon
    • Taste
      Fruity, caramel, warming, peanut, a pinch of salt, has a light maritime character
    • Finish
      Rather dry, dried apricots, nut chocolate, sweet mint, spicy, more of the salt

  5. niggy1813 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A very aromatic and complex whisky considering its age. The nose presents so many flavours. The palate is so full and smooth. The finish strong and spicy. Each of its three casks do a great job, with its own character, well combined and in harmony. A great 12 years old standard Speysider.
    • Nose
      88 88
      There is a wealth of nuts, fruits like orange, figs, gooseberry, sweet pear and honey. If you focus on its maturation, you can find each of the three casks, really incredible. You could hold your nose in the glass forever.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft and supple with a full body. There are spices, light fruits and a little sweetness. Almost as aromatic as the nose.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Bitter, spicy, strong. Goes with a bang, but is then also gone.

  6. HimiJendrix84 scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      75 75

  7. dercaptain scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Immediately fruity on the nose, apple, pear and berries, smells nice and full, grain, also wood.

    Nice and sweet again in the mouth, fruity, red apple, wild berries, grain, soft, nice spice at the end.

  8. Lorion scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty, a little more strength would be good. 77 points.
    • Nose
      A fine nose. Porridge, a light fruit basket.
    • Taste
      Soft, creamy. Pastries, apples and nuts.
    • Finish
      Medium length, fruity with honey.

  9. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good start in Benriach, good drinking strength, alcohol well integrated, nice mouthfeel, more recommended for advanced users
    • Nose
      83 83
      Vanilla, Green Kiwi, Sawdust, Barley Grain, Green Banana, Orangeade
    • Taste
      85 85
      Cream honey, white pepper, vanilla, some mint, eucalyptus, banana
    • Finish
      84 84
      Short-Medium, Vanilla, Malt, Espresso, Orange Peel, Apricot

  10. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  11. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. Clear oiliness.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Pretty rich nose. Yellow fruit in a sweet pickle. Peaches in syrup. Citrus. Spices. Light spices. Ginger. White pepper. Lemons, oranges. Sweet sponge cake soaked in lemon juice. Hazelnut traces. Light notes of dried fruit, quite sweet. Raisins. Some chocolate. With the next nose, more stewed fruit. Raisins and prunes. Lots of pastry. Sweet sponge cake.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweetness. Yellow fruit in a sweet pickle. Lots of cake. Then some oak comes in. Dark chocolate. Spices. Cinnamon and ginger. Dessert chocolate. Traces of dried fruit. Raisins.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Dessert chocolate. Coffee traces. Cocoa. Spices. Delicate spice. Ginger. Cinnamon. Pastry. Light bitterness of oak. Maybe some cedar wood. Medium-length finish.

  12. YD84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  14. Obynapewno scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      oak, red fruit, floral notes, a bit of citrus, spices - mainly pepper and nutmeg, apple, herbs, fashion
    • Taste
      83 83
      Spices, pepper, a lot of wood, a bit of dust, barely perceptible fruit, a bit of herbs.
    • Finish
      80 80
      short - medium, quite peppery, dominated by wood

  15. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Looking at the Master blender & 46% abv on the bottle, I was very much looking forward to it at first.
    But in the end it's a pity that the taste didn't convince me.
    Maybe wait some time and let the air get more exposure to perform better?
    Let me wait a few more days to see it!

    The taste score is 82 and the price doesn't affect the score.

    Update:
    After 2 days, the taste in the bottle became much more rounded and more intense tropical fruit aromas appeared! The aroma turned out to be very good, as I expected, and I give it high marks for the aroma!
    But the taste in the mouth is still the main axis of oak, and the irritation of alcohol still interferes with the taste buds, it is really strange, why the feeling in the nose and the mouth can be so different?
    The overall score should improve to 83, but that's still a low score for what I expected from Benriach.
    If it can improve the alcohol irritation in the mouth, this whisky will definitely be better!
    • Nose
      The scent is great!
      Mainly the dark berry aroma created by sherry cask,
      But Bourbon cask's distinctive aromas of cheese, herbs, toast, banana peels, and more are also quite evident.
      It's a pity that Port cask's impact on it is barely felt.
      Very good nose, but unfortunately, the peak of this malt is here, and then it will start to go downhill.
    • Taste
      An oaky scent dominates the entire experience, and the aromas previously obtained in the nose recede a little and become less noticeable.
      There are still dark berries, toast, nuts, spice, etc., but it doesn't seem to be very balanced, with the bourbon accents sticking out quite a bit.
      And with a disturbing alcoholic kick, which should rarely happen with 12-year-old whisky, which is a shame.
      Overall, it's not bad, but in terms of BenRiach's reputation, this performance is really disappointing.
      With the configuration of sherry and port, I thought there would be more fruity flavor, but it did not appear in the mouth.
    • Finish
      It was still dominated by oak at first, but ended up with a dark berry-like sweetness that began to spread from the throat back to the mouth, which was a really interesting experience.

  16. ZLako scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    N: fresh pastries, vanilla, dried apricots, sour berries, red overripe apples, grapes from the port cask

    P: sweet , with hints of berries, dried apricots, maltiness, christmas spices

    F: long, fruity and after an initial sweet burst it gets dry

  17. Hsh scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Benriak 12 3.95 79
    A little bit of sherry vanilla, halfway between Glenalaki 12 and Bunahaven 12
    The fragrance is the most present and distinct among the three entry types.
    Herbs are also good for the finish.
    Slightly astringent and slightly light hazelnuts
    There seems to be some stuff in it, and the balance isn't bad, but it feels messy to me.
    Feels like a sample of the whisky I was drinking
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  18. Hlektrion scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  19. Chiron scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

  20. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant berry-fruity whisky, with a good combination of sour and sweet tones.
    • Nose
      fresh pastries, vanilla, dried apricots, sour berries.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour, with hints of berries, dried apricots and malt.
    • Finish
      Medium length, with a high content of shades of yellow berries and fruits, with candied fruits, spicy spices and dry tannins at the very end.

  21. Stouby scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Golden. Bourbon and port wine dish. Nose dish, coconut and vanilla. Tastes great sweetness, but seems a bit grounded (sulfur) to me. The barrel online tasting.

  22. aw-home scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry and citrus fruits with wine notes, light cocoa and oak aromas.
    • Taste
      Sherry and citrus fruits with notes of wine, cocoa and oak aromas.
    • Finish
      Long with citrus, espresso, light cocoa and oak flavors.

  23. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    BenRiach 12yo The Twelve, 46%, 'three cask matured' - sherry, bourbon and port.

    Consumed Jun/Jul 2021.

    Deep amber colour.

    Aroma is vanilla, soapy, honey scented hand wash, some white rose petals, some tired oak, faint raspberry, someone added too much egg to the Victoria sponge recipe. A bit of a muddled nose for me but nothing bad there.

    Body is fairly oily. Taste is popping candy, increasingly fruity and sherried over time, spicy-raspberry-dried fruit European oak, some chilli and raspberry on the linger along with some chocolate covered wafer biscuit.

    Absolutely a grower. Up front I felt like this was fairly pedestrian but that impression diminished as it started to get me drunk..I mean as the flavours developed in the glass. This seems like the sort of whisky that you'd have no problem drinking a 70cl bottle of, as it would just keep growing on you. Good. 3.55/85

  24. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. Echnaton scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A BenRiach as I like it, fruity, chocolatey, very balanced, beautiful, pleasant whisky, not too demanding, very tasty ..
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very nice balanced nose, fruity, vanilla and some coffee are my present impressions. Very nice and pleasant overall impression.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Malty, sweet, fruity. All three barrels add something to the balanced overall impression, milk chocolate goes through my head as a present superficial taste note.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish with a light oak spice.

  26. SRB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    spicy bourbon barrel, more fruity also with PX and Port
    spices, spiciness, it's fatty, stewed fruit, fresh dates, prunes
    a vegetal return, more pepper, tannin, vanilla and a little banana cream at the end
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/05/27/spotlight-on-benriach-a-world-of-flavour/

    N: Made up of bourbon barrels, sherry casks, and port casks, a sweeter grape-led cask commitment over the 10yo translates as even more tannins in addition to the [cask] sappiness. Descriptors of note include honey over apples, a hint of grape-y cannabis ~ camphor,…

    T: More fruitiness [again] in the form of milky toffee into stewed apples, cherries, [foam candy] bananas,.. but these are peripherals. In the main, we’ve more sawdusty and tannic action which makes this feel far stronger/fiercer than 46%, but let’s not forget that it’s Benriach’s ‘hit/punch’ that is the appeal,.. and not the turn-off as it might be for others like myself – one man’s opinion and all that.

    F: Far from ‘A World of Flavour’, it moves between just a few limited vista points, all very cask driven with a milky dry finish. Even our host talks of the spice tingles coming from the oak,… Enough from me already.

    C: I prefer this to the 10yo with regards to colour characteristics, but my palate already feels stripped and we are only two drams in.

  29. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 866: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baCXLzXBMbg (80/100).

    "Now this immediately points me with the finger of suspicion at the caliber of casks used. These come across as recommissioned casks - big time! And I don't mean that as a compliment."

  30. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A well balanced and complex dram.
    For the price and age statement, it offers something different from the other distillery options in the Speyside region.
    • Nose
      Very sweet on first nosing. Immediately hit with sweet sugary notes, almost like caster sugar here. The sweetness remains but an added sour note begins creeping in; it turns to autumn fruits. I'm getting berries, raspberries and figs. There's also a soft citrus note in there along with pepper and ginger spice hovering in the background.
    • Taste
      Again very sweet on arrival but quickly followed up by wood spice. Ginger and cinnamon on the first sip.
      Second sip is a whole new world. It becomes a dessert, I'm thinking afternoon tea with a whole array of tarts and pies. Raspberry pie, blueberry pie, lemon tart. There's a buttery and biscuity note that just works as a base layer.
      Those sprinkles of cinnamon ontop are not too shabby either.
    • Finish
      Oak notes, grapes and berry skins. Medium in length, once the oak drops the tart berries remain.

  31. tester1277 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A delicious whisky that a little water helps.
    Somewhat weakens in the finish.
    Overall, however, more intense and rounder than the 10 year old original.
    • Nose
      dark fruits, intense, banana, sherry notes
    • Taste
      nice start, velvety, very sweet, salivation begins, becomes peppery, malty
    • Finish
      medium length, bitter, spicy

  32. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The 3% more than the 10 is good for the nose and palate. I think the finish is a bit too simple
    • Nose
      85 85
      fruity, light and dark fruits, sherry notes, slightly nutty sweet, spicy oak
    • Taste
      85 85
      fruity, slightly sweet and malty, slightly acidic, slightly pepper, becoming nutty
    • Finish
      83 83
      fruity finish, slightly sweet, but very simple and rather middle course

  33. Svjatogor scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    n: sour, sherry, port
    t: light, sweet, port
    a: sherry, port

  34. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma is sweet and fruity with a strong malty presence and light bits of spice that slowly rise and add to the complexity; Palate is good and darkly sweet with a malty core and a richer waxier delivery than the 10; Finish is nice and easy with a touch of wax at the end.

  36. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    significantly more greedy than the 10, the 3 ° seems to boost this nose on pepper, dust and intense oak, more captivating
    mouth:
    silky, velvety, roundness, peppery spices, caramelized vanilla, a pastry side, baked fruit, a little banana
    final:
    short to medium, on the same scents with a PX sherry cask which gives pep for a 12 whisky, which stands out by name.

  37. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  38. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Step Up

    Next to the new ten years old entry level malt – christened The Original Ten – there is also a new twelve years old concocted by Rachel Barrie, the master blender at BenRiach. For this whisky she married bourbon, sherry and port casks. Tidbit of knowledge: the new range is not colored.

    Wonderfully fruity nose with lots of blackberries, quince and blood orange. Add a good dollop of maple syrup and a hint of origin chocolate. This is very good indeed.

    Nicely creamy on the palate, it offers hazelnuts, rum raisins, mocha and baked apples. Quite some baker’s spices kick in and again the blood oranges surface, peel included. Rich and round.

    The finish is very long – surprisingly long in fact – on mocha, maple syrup and dried fruit with candied orange peel at the death.

    Quite a step up from The Original Ten. Around 40 to 45 EUR, which it clearly merits. This one goes into the cabinet.

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