- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Twelve
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Sherry Casks, Bourbon Barrels & Port Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 13 Sep 2020 11:12 pm by maltaholic
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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 12-year-old
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.11 points
- 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.
significantly more greedy than the 10, the 3 ° seems to boost this nose on pepper, dust and intense oak, more captivating
silky, velvety, roundness, peppery spices, caramelized vanilla, a pastry side, baked fruit, a little banana
short to medium, on the same scents with a PX sherry cask which gives pep for a 12 whisky, which stands out by name.
- 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."
- 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.
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.
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.
Oak notes, grapes and berry skins. Medium in length, once the oak drops the tart berries remain.
- 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]
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]
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]
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.
- 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.
dark fruits, intense, banana, sherry notes
nice start, velvety, very sweet, salivation begins, becomes peppery, malty
medium length, bitter, spicy
- The 3% more than the 10 is good for the nose and palate. I think the finish is a bit too simple
fruity, light and dark fruits, sherry notes, slightly nutty sweet, spicy oak
fruity, slightly sweet and malty, slightly acidic, slightly pepper, becoming nutty
fruity finish, slightly sweet, but very simple and rather middle course
- n: sour, sherry, port
t: light, sweet, port
a: sherry, port