BenRiach 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.59/100
votes
192
Whiskybase ID
WB165513
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Smoky Twelve
Bottled
17.08.2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Casks, Marsala Wine
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LP41365
Barcode
5060716140259
Added on
13 sep 2020 11:13 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 52.40

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 12-year-old

42 users have left 43 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.59 points.

  1. dercaptain scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fruity on the nose, light cereal notes, nice light fruitiness, a bit nutty, the smoke resonates everywhere with everything.

    In the mouth then a nice light fruitiness, barrel char (light smoke), some wood. But the fruit has been in your mouth for a long time.

  2. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. A lot of oiliness.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Lots of ripe or even dried fruit sweets. Slight smoke underneath. Vanilla, caramel. Spices. Ginger. Maybe a faint trace of anise. Overripe yellow apples. Maybe a trace of eucalyptus. Yeast dough.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Light smoke. A lot of sweets. Caramel. Traces of ash, subtle. A little more over time. Lots of sweets still present. A white, sweet, vanilla cream. Sweet cream. Maybe raisins and chocolate.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Dessert chocolate. Smoke. Ash. Spices. Ginger, black pepper. Quite intense finish. A bit warming up. Quite a long finish.

  3. kikkerneve scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  4. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  5. Obynapewno scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Smoke from smoked meat, sweet, herbs, a hint of citrus, vanilla, grapes
    • Taste
      85 85
      creamy, pleasantly smoky, slightly sour, interspersed with red fruit and wet earth, ending with chocolate
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium, pepper, chili, and chocolate

  6. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Offering a very subtle smoky note, this could be a good alternative for those who find standard Islay smokers too smoky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      After pouring, the smoky note is already noticeable from a distance to the glass, but the closer I get my nose to the glass, the less smoke I have. Interesting. Nevertheless: there is still enough smoke during the nosing to be able to describe its character as greasy and spicy. In addition, fresh herbs can be found, grapefruit, pineapple slices and lemon. Slightly sour.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sits pleasantly soft and moderately smoky on the tongue. The note of fried bacon is also evident here, along with lime zest, pineapple, grapefruit and tart currants. (Heather) herbs, slightly burnt caramel mass, malt.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-length finish, characterized by the smoke enveloping the fruit.

  7. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very delicate on the nose, almost reservedly shy, he allows himself to be lured. The whisky clearly needs some standing time in the glass for oxygenation. Then more and more aromas open up and it becomes more darkly fruity and moves more in the direction of sherry cask aging. The taste is almost a bit too spicy and peppery for me, so I miss the fruit from my nose. Departure is then better again.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Initially a bit closed, juicy oranges appear bit by bit covered with vanilla sugar. The not very strong smoke starts with cinnamon and nutmeg. Behind it it becomes earthy with a scent of a blooming flower meadow. Red grapes and crushed currants open the nose with more time in the glass. Now it becomes significantly spicier and more red-fruity on the nose. Interesting how the malt changes over time.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The mouthfeel is consistently creamy and gentle at the beginning, but the aromas take off immediately. Initially with a slight sweetness and some fruit aroma, it switches quickly and becomes very spicy with a clear note of ginger, almost pepper, and the smoke is now more present.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The clear spiciness and the smoke also set the tone in the finish. The oak shows up with dark chocolate, also some mint at the end - together like a piece of After Eight. The finish is medium-long, the smoke and the wood can be tasted a little longer in the mouth.

  8. MLE scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  9. Hlektrion scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. glen efze scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Speyside isn't your typical smoking region, so it's inherently difficult when distilleries like Benriach bring smoky whiskys to market. After all, Benriach has had a smoky tradition for a long time. In the Region Tasting, the smoky Benriach made it to fourth place. That's OK. But do you need such a whisky?

    On the tube, Rachel Barrie is written as the master blender, but there are no instructions for cooling filtration. And for the colour, the new Brown Forman formula 'natural cask-imparted colour'.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      On the nose it is mainly fruity. There come pear and apple, compote. But smoke? Difficult. There is a smoky note in the background, which unfortunately goes back into the solvent and paint sludge direction. However, these tones then fade away and it gets warmer, the smoke wafts over slightly.
    • Taste
      The taste is then a bit wild. The alcohol is noticeable, there is smoke - but there is also a sweet fruit syrup aroma. Unfortunately, all this is not closely interwoven, but somehow takes place next to each other. The whisky just hasn't matured well and the three casks run a little side by side. The smoke has a sour musty note that I don't really like.
    • Finish
      Some wood, some smoke, some alcohol - but it doesn't leave a lasting impression.

      Even under Billy Walker it was unclear what role Benriach would play. Glendronach was the diamond, Benriach a little less hyped, with peated versions broader. But also a little undefined. And that's how it stays. Yes, this Smoky Twelve is not bad. But is he good? If I want smoke, I want Islay! Or gauze. If I want smoke from Speyside, I want Benromach. A nice whisky, but you don't really need it. And thus well positioned in 4th place.

  11. final_conflict scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    At first noosing is blackcurrant and gooseberry, but after a short time... smoked meat, long-boiled cabbage, smoked plums, butter. Very homely. The taste of peat, medicaments, but also the familiar notes of smoked meat and smoked plums, slightly almonds. In the finish: plums and cherries, eucalyptus, anise, mint, crispness, but also peat, ginger, pleasant tartness of very sour apples, but also a hint of tea, and there is some vegetables, starchiness. Good, though strangely arranged whisky.

  12. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Sweet-smoked, interspersed with berry and fruit tones, with a wine plume. An original malt that reminds me of early autumn.
    • Nose
      Initially reveals hints of smoke, spices, old leather and barnyard. They are followed by dried fruits, mountain ash and pastries.
    • Taste
      Yellow apple, dried apricots, lots of spices mixed with phenols.
    • Finish
      Quite long, sweet-smoked, fruity, berry, peppery and slightly oaky at the end.

  13. Expraesi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  14. KB201 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It ages in three types of casks: Bourbon, Sherry and Marsala wine casks. On the in-house malt floors of Benriach, smoky malt is only produced one month a year.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, vanilla, oak.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Subtle sweetness, then dry with oak, which is then replaced by dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long finish, dry, spicy, dark chocolate almost coffee aroma.

  15. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Stouby scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Light yellow. Nose dish and vanilla, light smoke and sweetness. Taste dish, vanilla, light smoke, rounded. The barrel online tasting.

  17. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fairly slightly peaty nose, country above all, with earth, hay, hints of stable. The Marsala gives nice notes of currants, and the Sherry adds body and thickness, with leather, dried fruits, quince and apricot. The palate is well tasted, a very successful blend of blueberries and peat, adding some spices, paprika, nutmeg, saffron. Final also successful without being too rowdy, on charcoal and earth, a little chocolate with grains of puffed rice. Cola.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/11/benriach-smoky-twelve-12-yo.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. Kraddell scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Pours clear, red gold. Scent is very mild smoke. Taste is full, fleshy, mild smoke. very woody, salty touch. Smoke builds up, but never bothers. Full, long finish. I liked it just a tad more than the original 10 - which is noteworthy since I usually don't like smoke.

  19. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      subtle sweetness, greasy, light smoke, light fruits, a little orange, the alcohol is well integrated
    • Taste
      87 87
      mild, light smoke, chocolate, creamy
    • Finish
      86 86
      subtle sweetness, oak, light spice, becoming drier, light smoke

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

    • Nose
      82 82
      Campfire peat smoke with orange, vanilla and oak flavors.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Peat smoke with spices, oranges, chocolate and oak flavors.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length with peat smoke, spices, oranges, cocoa and oak aromas.

  21. Roland7 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Smoke, ash, burning rubber, burnt grain, lemon, mineral.

  22. claymore84 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-15-2021 in Bergisch Gladbach.

  23. claymore84 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-15-2021 in Bergisch Gladbach.

  24. Saftkenner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This bottling has a very beautiful, downright beguiling nose that reminds me a bit of the 15-year-old Drambuie liqueur (heather honey with herbs). Unfortunately, the initial refreshment does not continue in the mouth.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Delicate maritime smoke that comes along without the herbal notes so typical for Benriach. A slightly sweet and sour freshness rises from the glass. Honey, lemon, also oranges, pineapple, heather, vanilla, summer lilac blossoms, ripe strawberries and fine oak spice.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very light body. Amazingly dry, spicy and not very sweet. The smoke has a slightly musty character and here come the burnt herbs. There is also a lot of tannins. A touch of honey, red currants, herbal tea, dried pineapple, ash, lemon cake, light oak spice.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish - tart and bitter (Swedish herbs), burnt herbs, ash, grapefruit.

  25. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  26. Ams76 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Great combination of a fruity speyside with just the right amount of peat.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, light smoke, wet moss, grilled orange. Promising.
    • Taste
      Chocolate, again that light but sophisticated smoke, brown sugar. Vanilla and orange.
    • Finish
      The grilled orange from the nose comes back in milk chocolate and black pepper. Medium long.

  27. The_Osprey scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Benriach The Smoky Twelve 12yo, three cask matured 46%. Aroma smoked barley grains, old oak, gooseberry, oily mint. Body full and oily. Taste is salty, only subtly smoky, some bitter oak, vanilla notes. Building smoke after a few sips and yet the impression fades with time. Fairly plain and simple and not that smoky, but a solid whisky. A bit disappointing by BenRiach's high standards though. (3.3/79)

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

    Cask mix: bourbon barrels, sherry casks, marsala wine.

    N: The brininess and sappy vibrancy is a different prospect with this smoke-driven dram.

    T: A surprisingly weak arrival, initially, before the pine-y sappy > salty~washy < = peaty middle beds in.

    F: Lingers contently enough, becoming very smoky with caramel < toasted popcorn and a briny [chilli gherkin] heat.

    C: This one works well enough for me. Price? +/- £45

  29. Sporx scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    09/21/22 slight tendency towards 85
    Aroma
    sweetish smoke, some orange, vanilla

    taste
    fruity (orange), citrus notes, spicy wood

    finish
    Medium length, spicy wood, citrus, nutty

  30. 2ndSip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    light smoke with light fruity aromas and subtle sweetness on the nose.
    The taste is then clearly spicier than expected and less fruity. Personally, I think it's a shame that the fruit component goes under here.
    For advanced beginners certainly worth a dram ... maybe. Only a sample is worth it.
    It's not bad, but it doesn't knock you off your feet either, and it's not a must-have (except as a BenRiach fan).
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky -> but do I need a (second) bottle?]
    • Nose
      initially stinging in the nose from alcohol - but that evaporates quickly.
      slightly greasy smoke that also looks a bit ashy.
      Behind it lightly fruity with lemon and orange. Over time it also becomes yellow-fruity like apples and apricots.
      Subtle honey sweetness in the background and a bit of caramel if that's what you're looking for. Eich wort that turns into something slightly herbal, which is good for the malt.
    • Taste
      soft start, some spice builds up, but initially remains at a very low level - the oak spice then presses again with a peppery spice - but does not have a sharp, peppery effect.
      It becomes creamy and viscous very quickly, but then also quickly dries out again. The fruits keep in the background. Nothing at all comes through from the smoke, it only emerges towards the exit.
      Second sip: even spicier with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The fruit aromas almost disappear here.
      The dryness turns into a dark / dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Oak wort remains with a coated tongue and fades out for medium to long periods. I personally don't feel any more of the fruits - apart from the orange aroma.
      The ashy smoke comes out again, gives the whole thing a certain complexity, but then slowly disappears.
      The dryness continues into a dark chocolate.

  31. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: mesquite, sweet paprika, coaldust and a hint of salinity
    Palate: burnt ends and smoked pastrami, vanilla and black pepper
    Finish: barbecue spice rub

    Tasted blind as part of Wings and Whisky- Age statement

  32. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    very nice malt, very nice combination of aromas, a really good price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      Subtle smoky, dried fruits, citrus fruits, very slightly sweet, fruity, plums, spicy
    • Taste
      Here, too, the smoke is rather subtle, fruity, dried fruits, plums, berries, somewhat spicy, citrus fruits come later, becoming slightly bitter
    • Finish
      intensely fruity smoky. Spicy with dried fruits, slightly sweet, then orange, short to medium length

  33. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  34. Svjatogor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    n: smoke/peat, sherry, sweet
    t: wooow, dangerous sipping, sherry
    a: sherry, smoke

  35. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  36. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma carries a hint of sherry-like sweetness that almost disappears under the light peat but works well with the dried fruits and malty notes; Palate is the waxiest of the new core and sits heavy and warm with a similar profile to the aroma; Finish is nice, but kind of muted.

  38. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  39. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    meaty, smoked, peaty,, caramel and chocolate, peppery
    mouth:
    it is creamy, easy to drink, then spicy, quite strong, then fruity, a little macerated and sweet on red fruits, cooked and candied strawberries with its juice, "earthy" peat made from moss, fern, pine needles, therefore less aggressive than maritime and medicinal Islay peats.
    return of orange peel, always a little meaty on the barbecue, the chocolate a little toasted, the vanilla comes back at the end with the sweet orange.
    final:
    average on the basket of candied fruit, chocolate and dry peat, very pleasant surprise.
    a renewal of age accounts is good.
    • Finish
      oloroso and marsala bourbon cask, the new masterblender works hard with the casks in reserve!

      to serve on a blue cheese paste, on a dessert too.

  40. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Banana Bread in the Oven

    The new core range of BenRiach consists of a 10 and 12 years old, both unpeated and peated. The fun part is the fact that all four expressions are made up of different cask types. That makes it quite interesting in my book. This Smoky Twelve is a vatting of bourbon and sherry casks, but also Marsala wine casks. Intriguing, no? Must be nice for Dr Rachel Barrie to have such lovely panoply of casks to play with as Master Blender.

    Top nose! Lots of oranges and roasted almonds, but with a lovely smoky edge. Some raisins and red fruit shine through in the background. Walnuts and cloves in the mix. Banana bread in the oven. If it can keep this up on the palate, we have a winner.

    While the body is somewhat light, the taste is great. The Marsala has put its foot down, offering up quite a bit of red fruit like cherries and strawberries, great notes of dark chocolate, cloves, candied oranges and vanilla shine through as well. Very complete, round and simply satisfying.

    The almonds and mostly oranges reappear in the medium long, softly smoky finish.

    This is my favorite of the new core range, while I secretly had hoped it would have been an unpeated one. Oh, well, that’s life. This one is just great.

  41. Captain Teague scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Decent Daily Dram easy drinking - well balanced ,pleasant mouthfeel - the finish is rather /medium short....also good for newbies to start with very well integrated smoke...to me def. the Speyside Whisky / Distillery that works best with peat these days.

    N: Shy but nice Orange, slight vanilla cake sweet smoke,

    T: Starts fruity (sweet Oranges) plus some sour fruit (lemon notes) / Choclate

    F: Nice oak note , roasted nuts ,

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